Rona Lee


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My work is inspired, quite simply, by nature, from the rugged beauty of The Hebrides to the more familiar, gently rolling Border hills.
To begin with I worked in watercolour but found that experimenting with heavier paints such as acrylics gave me more scope. My method is laborious, with each layer taking many hours to dry. I regularly refer to my sketchbooks, but never draw on the canvas or paper before I start. The results are always unpredictable, but often exciting. A canvas worked in this way can take many weeks to complete, which can influence my output, in spite of the fact I paint every day.


I received very little formal Art education and instead, chose a career in Primary and Special Needs teaching, leaving after 14 years to start a family. The opportunity to market my work presented itself and, for the next twenty years, I promoted my own work at fairs where I enjoyed having the opportunity to meet and talk to my buyers. Being visible in this way also drew the attention of interested galleries. Nowadays I exhibit only in galleries and over the past 30 years I have been invited to show my work across Scotland, currently contributing to around 8 group exhibitions a year.

In addition, I have both exhibited and sold at The Affordable Art Fair in London and The Edinburgh Art Fair.