Mairi began her career as a painter studying at the Chelsea and Central St. Martin’s Schools of Art where she gained a BA Honours in Fine Art. She has exhibited extensively throughout Scotland, and the UK and her work is to be found in both private and corporate collections.
Influences by the work of William Turner, Van Gogh and Joan Eardley, can be seen in her work; while her gestural mark-making suggests an affinity with the Abstract Expressionists’ methods of working.
Mairi mainly uses oil paint for its rich, deep and subtle qualities. She enjoys scratching into the surface to create textural effects. There is an obvious passion in her energetic application of colliding layers of paint that imitate atmosphere and changing weather conditions.
Mairi’s use of a vibrant unfettered tapestry of colour and light ensures that her abstract landscapes have a real ‘sense of place’ reflecting her love of the Scottish sea and landscape. Much of the artist’s evocative paintings are inspired by the Scottish coastline particularly the East Neuk, where the constantly changing interplay between sea, sky and landscape affect colour and mood.