Catriona Macdonald MacEachen lives in Fife and works as a freelance artist specialising in Scottish land and seascapes and portraiture.
Art has been her passion for as long as she can remember and although mainly self-taught, she excelled in Art at school and went on to specialise in Art while undertaking an Education degree in Glasgow. She feels that because of the true freedom of expression she has experienced as a self-taught artist, she has been able 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 and a proud Fifer (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 and wildlife. 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. She may use pastel to create a softer mood or sometimes oils for seamless blending of colours in a portrait. She finds portraits of loved ones and pets prove ever popular and she thoroughly enjoys this aspect of her work.
Regardless of media and subject matter, Catriona's passion and love for what she does shines through in her artwork and as reported on local radio during a recent exhibition, her paintings are “breathtaking”.
Her artwork is rapidly growing increasingly popular and she has many pieces in galleries and private collections both in the UK and abroad.
She was recently commissioned to create pictorial maps of the Old Kirk Churchyard in Kirkcaldy.
The Old Kirk is the oldest site of Christianity in the town. The earliest record is of its Consecration in 1244 and it is steeped in history. Adam Smith was christened there and the graveyard contains many of the notable traders and businessmen of the town.
The influence of the sea, of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations and the growth of industries such as linen, pottery and linoleum are all reflected in the stones.
These maps have been mounted on both sides of a specially erected stone and on a steel lectern. They were officially unveiled on June 23rd '12.
Catriona successfully exhibited at Heron Gallery during Pittenweem Arts Festival in August 2011 and at Pitlochry Festival Theatre from November 2011 until April 2012.
She is currently exhibiting at The Airport Gallery in Edinburgh and Merchant Gate Gallery in Glasgow, as well as exhibiting some pieces at SAAC (The Scottish Antique and Arts Centre), Abernyte in Perthshire and Loch Lomond Antiques and Arts Centre at Loch Lomond Shores. This summer she has a solo exhibition of her new work back at Pitlochry Festival Theatre in the River Room (16th July - 3rd November).
“I want my artwork to be accessible to all. I love what I do and I want others to be able to enjoy it too.”