About Mairi

My passion lies in painting and drawing. As an artist, I am always looking out for new compositions and different ways to depict my environment. My love for the ever-changing landscape of the Highlands and the Outer Isles, especially Skye, has inspired me for many of my paintings. As well as my surroundings, the human form holds a fascination for me and underlies my feeling for portraiture.

My life-long association with Skye and the Highlands started with holidaying as a child in my father’s native Elgol, on the Isle of Skye and has culminated with me moving there. My Parents Colonel Lachie and Mrs Isabella Robertson retired to Elgol after spending their working lives in Glasgow. Since my parents passing, I have now taken on the family home and moved to Elgol permanently where I exhibit some of my paintings.

From 1989 to 2005 I exhibited in the Cuchulainn’s Gallery and Restaurant in Kyle of Lochalsh. My paintings for the Gallery included portraits, life drawings, still life and landscapes.

Based on Skye, I work on portraits and private commissions, which include landscapes and still lives. I work in pastels, acrylic, oil and mixed media.

Art Background
1972 Higher Art
1973 Accepted on portfolio for art school
1989-2005 Cuchulainn’s Gallery and Restaurant, Kyle of Lochalsh –exhibitions
1993 Painting techniques (Opaque)
1994-1997 Open College of the Arts, Painting 1,11, and 111 (Affiliated to the Open University)
1996 An Tuirean (Open exhibition)
1999 Art TM Inverness (Open exhibition)
2000 Art TM Inverness (Spotlight Award)
2001 Art TM Inverness (Solo exhibition awarded on the basis of the Spotlight Award)
2005 Plockton Hall/ Gallery (Solo exhibition)
2005 Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts; “The Heart of Art” exhibition; Mitchell Library, Glasgow; Pastel Portrait
2005 An Tuirean, Portree, Isle of Skye (Open exhibition)
2005-Present Working from home and studio on portraits and landscape