A Sense of Place
It was very difficult deciding which ‘place’ my work should relate to. So many places are important to me. In the end I felt it should be home and the hills of home.
I spend a lot of time in the highlands and love the never-ending colours of the hills – the purples, oranges, rusts and greens which alter as the light changes. In winter the snow tracks fascinate me – just what or who created these meanders through the landscape? Animal or human or both? Sometimes the tracks are visible through the snow and are brown, but far more interesting to me are the snowy tracks left after the snow has melted.
Work from previous exhibitions
Rona grew up on Loch Lomond side where her love of the natural world was fostered. She graduated with an Honours degree in History from the University of Edinburgh. She taught History and was Principal Teacher of Guidance at a large Fife high school taking early retirement in order to devote more time to painting and printmaking.
She has always drawn and painted and has completed a number of 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.
Rona’s subject matter is varied. Inspiration comes from sketching both at home in Edinburgh and Speyside and in Italy, particularly Tuscany and Sicily. Her paintings and multi layered screen prints are colourful. Her mezzotints (often of trees) are, on the other hand, printed in black ink in order to make the most of the play of light and dark that is typical of the 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 also a member of the Society of Scottish Artists.
Her work has been shown in a number of exhibitions including the RSA, PAI and the SSA. She also has work on a permanent basis at Edinburgh Printmakers.