"Catriona's passion and love for what she does shines through in her artwork..., her paintings are breathtaking."
Catriona Macdonald MacEachen lives in Fife and works as a freelance artist specialising in Scottish land and seascapes.
Art has been her passion for as long as she can remember and although mainly self-taught, she specialised in Art while undertaking an Education degree in Glasgow.
While continuing to paint, she taught in schools for several years before becoming a fulltime artist in 2009. She feels that the true freedom of expression experienced as a self-taught artist has allowed her to develop her own unique style which is a clear personal reflection of how she perceives the beauty of the world around her and her place in it.
Catriona was born in Kirkcaldy and although based in Fife (often reflected in her depictions of local scenes), Catriona’s roots lie in the Hebrides. Her fascinating Gaelic ancestry links her directly to Neil MacEachen who sailed with Bonnie Prince Charlie "over the sea to Skye" and on to France with him after the '45, and also to his kinswoman Flora Macdonald.
She has a strong affinity, therefore, with the North West of Scotland, Skye and the Isles and believes there to be nowhere more beautiful or inspirational. Catriona heads Northward at every opportunity and these trips greatly influence her work.
Catriona's work is influenced primarily by her love of nature. The intense colours, perpetually changing light, perfect forms and dramatic land and seascapes of the natural world of her homeland are a constant source of fascination and inspiration. She uses a variety of media depending on the mood or atmosphere she wishes to convey. She often chooses to work in acrylic to fully capture the vivid hues of a dramatic East Coast sunrise or Hebridean sunset.
Although Catriona is best known for her land and seascapes, she has also been involved in a diverse range of other art projects from portraiture to producing artwork for music albums and pictorial maps of historic sites.
Catriona exhibits widely in galleries throughout the UK. She has many pieces in private collections both in the UK and abroad.
"As well as the paintings exhibited here, I am more than happy to undertake commissions and discuss your ideas for any painting you may have in mind."