Fiona Macrae - Argyll based Artist based artist
Fiona grew up in Argyll , studied painting at Glasgow School of Art graduating in 2000 and has since had a full time career in painting. She has exhibited nationally and internationally mainly in group shows , with three solo shows to date, Zurich, an Tobar ,Mull, and Galanthus gallery. Presently work is at Frames Gallery Perth, Jetty Gallery Oban, Archway Lochgilphead and Stable Gallery Inveraray. Has forthcoming solo show next year at the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
Her paintings are tabletop still lifes. Heavily influenced by flat winter island landscapes, both in colour and composition; the wonderful greys of the sea, sky, wet sand, the raw brown bare earth, with the occasional splash of lichen green. The objects from her domestic surroundings, which have been found over years of searching junk shops and the internet, akin to beachcombing.
Hannah Tofts - Designer / Artist / Illustrator
Hannah is passionate about inspiring ways of looking with both adults and children. She's an enthusiastic motivator, teaching with the senses, experiences and lots of colour. Working on location, with what ever she finds whereever she travels. Hannah has worked as a freelance Creative in various mediums since she graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1987. After writing 15 children’s art books and teaching BA/ MA Graphic Design she moved to Amsterdam for 14 years as a collage and paint illustrator. She now lives and draws on the side of a sea loch on the west coast of Scotland where she teaches art (to non professionals) while writing the 2nd book in her inspiring series of Ways of Looking.
Karen Beauchamp – Designer / Artist/ Printmaker
Colour has always been Karen’s absolute obsession; she collects pigments from all over the world. She is inspired by the atmosphere, spatial relationships and the ever-changing colours of the landscape, she faces the daily challenge to translate these with paint and linocuts.
She trained as an architect but diversified into design, to run her own wallpaper print and design company for many years, she was the Creative Director of Cole & Son Wallpapers for 10 years before she moved to argyll. She has created collection for many companies including a bejewelled wallpaper collection for Swarovski. Most recently she has been working with Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company, Isidore Leroy in Paris and Lincrusta.
Kevin MacKaveney - Photographer
Kevin lives in Tarbert and has had a passion for photography since his early teens adopting The Zone System created by his hero Ansel Adams - ( a system for the maximisation the potential of the image ) this has had a huge influence on his work. He is renowned locally for his stunning images which make maximum use the beautiful natural light of Scotland.
Working in Tarbert at the local high school, he combines his gift of photography as well as graphics and computer technology, participating in local commercial and cultural events where his skills are used to maximum advantage. He recently led photography workshops celebrating local poet George Campbell Hay illustrating his work using images from the surrounding area. Kevin now works entirely digitally also using Lightroom and Photoshop. He will offer half day courses in practical photography and the connected computer programmes.
These courses must be booked in advance.