We are delighted to introduce sixteen new Professional Artist Members of the Society of Scottish Artists.

Professional Members are artists who are actively practising professionally within one or more branches of the visual arts and are selected in recognition of their talent and dedication in this field. 

These artists represent a broad range of styles, and their work reflects the variety and vibrancy that can be found across the SSA membership – professional, ordinary and student.

You can learn more about each artist by following the links below. You will also have the opportunity to see their work at forthcoming SSA exhibitions.

The artists are: 

Georgina Bown

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Georgina has been a professional practicing artist for over 20 years with a background in steel sculpture, drawing and printmaking. Living near the coast in East Lothian she has been attracted to monstrous sea-going vessels, these have resulted in a particular passion for Submarines, especially due to their menacing presence and power.

Georgina studied at Chelsea School of Art, Hartford Design Studios, Cheshire and Mid Cheshire College. She is now based in North Berwick where as well as developing her own practice she teaches art.


Kristina Chan

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Kristina’s work is a culmination and accumulation into site-specific history to depict socio-cultural entropic narratives. She explores the correlation between architecture and sculptural landscapes of derelict and disused spaces.

Kristina graduated with a MA Print from the Royal College of Art London, trained in analogue and digital photography, lithography, etching, screen print, and digital media manipulation. In addition to being a practicing artist, she currently teaches media and digital technology at the University of Creative Arts Epsom.


Jessica Copping

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Framed within the context of the proposed current epoch of geological time, the Anthropocene, Jessica’s practice studies humanity’s long-term impact on the strata record through our powerful influence on the environments, climate and ecology of the planet. Her paintings are constructed from layers of oil, egg tempera and graphite which are partially eroded through sanding and engraving.

Jessica holds a Masters of Letters in Fine Art Practice from Glasgow School of Art and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Norwich University of the Arts. She is based in Glasgow.


Soosan Danesh

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Soosan is intrigued by the unique landscape of Scotland and its ever-changing light and atmosphere. She creates atmospheric, emotional and engaging images, offering the viewer a space to daydream or evoke a distant memory. Her work is mainly narrative abstract combination of painted surfaces and found objects to create a different mode of expression.

Soosan is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and is based in Edinburgh.


Matthew Draper

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Matthew’s work is made with an intense and energetic immediacy, working instinctively rather than methodically, keeping him physically and emotionally involved in the process. He crushes soft pastel in his hands rubbing the dust into the paper in wide sweeps of colour gradually manipulating the material to build up a thick layered surface. His does not create topographical images or illustrations of place but imagery that conveys a sense of place.

Matthew is a graduate of Falmouth College of Arts and is based in Edinburgh.


Mike Inglis

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Mike’s practice explores the creative possibilities that exist between public art and outsider art. He enjoys making publically sited work that explores transitional spaces that “outsider art” often inhabits as well as bleeding these practices into work for more traditional gallery spaces. He is particularly interested in found materials and adhocist approaches to construction. Ethnographic research lies at the centre of his creative process.

Mike teaches visual communication at Edinburgh College of Art where he pursue’s research-based around his art practice and his interests in outsider art and currently working towards a practice-based PhD in this area.


Aileen Keith

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For Aileen, drawing has always been an important element and is now the fundamental focus of her work. Her interest in the process of remembering and forgetting, combined with the process of drawing, is explored through an eclectic range of materials and methods. The end result is often discovered gradually through layering.

Aileen graduated in sculpture and drawing from Edinburgh College of Art. Following a post-graduate year, she joined the Sculpture School staff. After 30 years as a lecturer, she now works full time in her studio.


Phil Lavery

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Phil lives and works on the west coast of Scotland. His professional career has included, architecture, interior and graphic design, 3D visualisation and digital media. But, throughout it all, has been photography. Drawn to geometry, proportion and light, he sees abstraction as a way to explore the hidden stories of things and believes that beauty can be found anywhere – if you look close enough.

Phil is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, BArch (Hons) and an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society.


Doug Mackie

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Doug’s primary medium is sculpture but his practise is somewhat eclectic, encompassing artists books, printmaking, video, sound and photography. He works with a range of materials apposite to realising the form and its intended location. The visual, tactile and presence of the material is an important part of his work.

Doug lives and works in Edinburgh, he graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA (Hons): Sculpture in June 2018.


Gillian Adair McFarland

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Working with scientists and researchers in the fields of Astronomy and Genetics, Gillian’s work has gained a different perspective in an understanding of how things are defined by the very processes that bring them into existence. Her practice begins with the processes of creating and develops in an exploration of what unfolds. Her work considers not only the excitement of the chaotic act of creation but also the resulting stillness of the aftermath.

Gillian is a graduate of Saint Martins School of Art, London and now lives in Balmerino, Fife


Andy McIntosh

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Andy’s work explores the possibilities for recycling and renewal in found objects and scrap. He began his career as a conventional landscape painter, then, in 2005, he made the decision to give himself a new, challenging set of parameters – without brushes, paint or canvases.

After graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, Andy became a graphic designer working in digital design and production, film and television. In 2005, he decided to focus on fine art and started working on the first of many exhibitions.


Mark Osborne

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Mark explores time, space, light and form in photography. He creates installations and temporary sculptural constructions from common materials then photographs these using controlled lighting. The images produced seem familiar yet ask questions of what is being seen, how things might appear and how we negotiate, interpret and give meaning.

Mark graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA Hons in Fine Art Photography. He is based in the Black Isle.


Rowan Paton

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Rowan is primarily concerned with Landscape. A preoccupation with mark making, language, colour and print characterises her work. By appropriating imagery and working in a variety of media, she creates imagined spaces and environments.

Rowan is based in Edinburgh. She graduated from Yale University School of Art with an MFA Painting & Printmaking and from Edinburgh College of Art, with a BA Drawing & Painting.


Robert Powell

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Robert attempts to construct visual encyclopaedias where all of human knowledge can be peeked at, but yet much is omitted. Grandiose art historical scenes are referenced and recreated, but they jostle with more prosaic depictions of contemporary Edinburgh.

Robert is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art’s MFA Art Space and Nature MFA and MA Fine Art in Painting.


Rose Strang

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Rose is a painter who focuses on communicating an atmospheric, visceral response to landscape and environment, while also exploring the culture, history and geology of the subjects she paints. She often works in collaboration with artists, poets or musicians. Rose worked for several years in the field of arts and health as artist and curator for the NHS in Scotland and the West Midlands, most recently as lead artist/curator for the Leverndale Hospital, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Rose is based in Edinburgh and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Museum and Gallery Curation from St Andrews University and a BA (Hons) Fine Art and Related Arts from Chichester University


Mary Walters

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Mary finds inspiration in the landscape – the landscape of mountains, where geological time manifests itself in gigantic landforms; the landscape of the edge, where land meets water; and the landscape of memory – an intangible, elusive, yet powerful melting pot of images and ideas. She works mainly in print, drawing and painting, with some mixed media installation works.

Mary works in the community arts sector and as an art teacher in state schools for children with special needs. Recently, she taught at Kaimes school for young people on the autistic spectrum. She holds a degree in combined studies from Edinburgh College of Art.


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