May Carnan



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Cicadas Singing, oil on canvas,51x76cm

Alcafar,oil on canvas,40cmx60cm

Mellow Yellow, oil on canvas,60cmx76cm

Honesty Box,mixed media collage on card,44cmx33cm

Diver Dug,mixed media collage on card,33cmx26cm

Mussel Laddie- Scallop Lassie,mixed media collage on card ,35x27cm


I am passionate about art and enjoy experimenting with new ideas.Recently I have been having fun playing with collage and paint creating surreal images.I have also been working on a much larger scale ,developing my oil painting technique,layering with thin glazes trying to capture the luminosity of light in my work.This is a different approach to making my small alla prima en plein air studies and I am enjoying the challenges of working on a much larger scale. I am inspired by my travels with friends and family and love sketching people and places I visit.


May Carnan was born and lives and works in West Lothian, Scotland.Following a 20 year career as a State Registered Nurse , Midwife with a BSc Health Studies she took early retirement.
Following her passion for art she attended Edinburgh college of Art and The University of Edinburgh part time over five years and obtained a Certificate of Higher Education .She loves sketching and painting and works in oils, watercolour and mixed media. She is currently working on some oil paintings in the studio based on her travels and often works on small en plein air oil paintings from her pochade box.
She exhibited at R.S.A open,Edinburgh in 2014.
May is represented by The Line Gallery in Linlithgow and The Marchmont Gallery in Edinburgh.
May also enjoys doing voluntary work for Art and Health Care and the Society of Scottish artists.
Following the success of the Romance of the Falls Exhibition,Lanark 2017,she will be exhibiting some of her work in The Tollbooth,Lanark as part of' 36views of the Tinto' May 2018.


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