Rona MacLean



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Allotment Huts (oil)

Angeli Fiorentini (screen print)

Birks (mezzotint)

Coppice (mezzotint)

Isle of Skye (screen print)

Golden Section (mezzotint)


I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. Since taking early retirement from teaching in a large comprehensive school I have been able to devote much more time to my art work.
I am both a painter and a printmaker. I paint in oil and acrylic and often use collage as a starting point. I use texture to add depth and build multi layers of colour allowing what lies beneath to flicker through. As far as printmaking is concerned I mostly produce etchings, mezzotints and screen prints, but have also experimented with collagraphs and lithographs.
My subject matter is varied, but tends to favour the natural world in all its forms - be that animal, vegetable or mineral. Inspiration often comes from the landscape of the Spey Valley where we have a cottage, from sketches and photographs of harbours, seascapes and Edinburgh allotments and from holidays both at home and abroad.


Rona MacLean grew up on Loch Lomond side. She graduated with an Honours degree in History from the University of Edinburgh and taught until October 2007 taking early retirement in order to concentrate on painting and printmaking.
She has completed courses at Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh College of Art, Advanced Drawing and Painting at Leith School of Art and a four year painting course with the Open College of the Arts.
Recent paintings have focused on the urban landscape, in particular the world of the allotment in winter. As far as printmaking is concerned she works mainly in etching, mezzotint and screen print. Her most recent mezzotints have featured ghostly birches – a subject which exploits the velvety blacks and contrasting lights which can only be achieved using this process
She has been a member of Edinburgh Printmakers for more than a decade and has a studio at St Margaret’s House in Edinburgh. She is a member of Visual Arts Scotland and the Society of Scottish Artists.
Her work has been shown in a number of exhibitions including the RSA, SSA and PAI. She also has work on a permanent basis at Edinburgh Printmakers.