Catriona Macdonald MacEachen is a professional artist living in Fife. She specialises in Scottish and Cornish land and seascapes.
Art has been her passion for as long as she can remember. A mainly self-taught artist, she specialised in Art while undertaking an Education degree in Glasgow.
While continuing to paint, she taught in schools for several years before becoming a full time artist in 2009. She feels that the true freedom of expression experienced as a self-taught artist has allowed her to develop her own unique style which is a clear personal reflection of how she perceives the beauty of the world around her and her place in it.
Although Catriona is predominantly based in Fife (often reflected in her depictions of local scenes), her roots lie in the Hebrides. Her fascinating Gaelic ancestry links her directly to Neil MacEachen who sailed with Bonnie Prince Charlie “over the sea to Skye” and on to France with him after the ’45, and also to his kinswoman Flora Macdonald.
She has a strong affinity, therefore, with the North West of Scotland, Skye and the Isles and finds the natural beauty of the landscape there truly inspirational.
Catriona’s love of the Highlands of Scotland means she makes regular trips north and they greatly influence her work.
In recent times she has also been spending time exploring and discovering the breathtaking beauty of Cornwall. With its radically different atmosphere, light and scenery, and stunningly beautiful sunsets, coves and coastline, Catriona has created a new series of paintings inspired by her experiences there.
Catriona’s work is influenced primarily by her love of nature. The intense colours, perpetually changing light, perfect forms and dramatic land and seascapes of Scotland and Cornwall are a constant source of fascination and inspiration. She uses a variety of media depending on the mood or atmosphere she wishes to convey. She often chooses to work in acrylic to fully capture the vivid hues of a dramatic East Coast sunrise or Hebridean sunset.
Catriona exhibits widely in galleries throughout the UK. She has many pieces in private collections both in the UK and abroad.