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Herald article on Art for Charity prints

Many thanks to Susan Swarbrick at the Herald for featuring the Art for Charity print project!

Article here – Artist gives back to landscapes that inspired her work

You can view and buy the prints here –  Buy Prints for Charities . 25% goes toward a landscape conservation charity or trust related to the landscape painted.


P1290167Yesterday I popped in to the Freespace Gallery which is in the Leith area of Edinburgh, to meet owners Kate and Terence and chat about my art prints for charity project (which benefits wildlife conservation charities by offering 25% of print sales to charities related to the landscape featured in the print).


P1290161Freespace was set up last year during the referendum as a place for people to meet, discuss ideas and show their art work. I dropped in once or twice and noticed they show work by local artists and photographers, so I though this would be a great place to display work.

Kate and Terence offered me a seat, freshly brewed coffee, and were most enthusP1290164iastic  about the project and my paintings. It’s great to be included in the Freespace Gallery, and lovely to meet gallery owners who take an interest in the work, so the interaction is not just focussed on business agreements! Also it’s just around the corner from where I live so it’ll be easy to drop by and see how things are going.

I was born in Leith, my dad’s side of the family have been here a few generations, and I remember that in my early teens I couldn’t wait to get out! At the age of 19 I moved to  Greece, then subsequently lived and worked all around the UK – down south, up north and the Midlands. I loved living in all these places and made lifelong friends. Now, with a bit more experience of life and people, I find that Leith is my favourite part of Edinburgh, mostly because of its friendly community, which has always included different nationalities, mostly from India, China, Italy and Poland. If you walk down Leith you see the influence of these cultures in shops, restaurants, cafes and delis (the best known being world-famous Italian delicatessen Valvona and Crolla – I remember when I was a girl it seemed most exotic!)

_48706841_aug2010(1)Leith has always had an interesting arts community too, the Shore in particular is a popular area for artists, writers and musicians to live, partly because of its galleries, pubs, cafes and restaurants, but also it’s to do with the setting (it always reminds me of Amsterdam, and there was in fact a Dutch colony there a few hundred years ago, which you can see reflected in the architecture)

It’s great that Freespace continues to support local artists, writers and projects around Leith and Edinburgh in general. They also have a foodbank donation drop off point. I’d recommend you pop in to have a look around.

For more information on the art prints for charities and wildlife conservation trusts, click Here (you can buy the prints singly, or as a set).

If you’d told me I’d be enthusing about Leith back in my teens I’d have been bemused, but there you go! Here’s Leith’s ‘persevere’ motto (we had this on our school badges).


Support Marine Sites in Lindisfarne

'Lindisfarne Series No. 3'. Acrylic on 5x5" wood

‘Lindisfarne Series No. 3’. Acrylic on 5×5″ wood

I’m very pleased to introduce the new Lindisfarne prints series!

These are giclee prints from my original paintings of Lindisfarne. I am donating 25% of sales proceeds from these prints to the The Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site

You can view and buy the print series on this link: ‘Prints for charity’



The paintings were created in October 2014, and I remember being mesmerised by the moody changing light of autumn – watching the sky change from silver to black then blue, flocks of birds rising in clouds then speeding along the wave tops.

Bay, by Gavin Duthie

Bay, by Gavin Duthie

The Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site extends along 115km of coastline from Alnmouth in Northumberland up to Fast Castle Head in Scotland, covering the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands. It protects some of the most significant marine and coastal habitats in Europe, including rocky reefs and swaying kelp forests, deep sea caves, intertidal sand and mud flats and large bays.

Grey Seal, Farne Islands

Grey Seal, Farne Islands

These special places support an abundance of marine life, such as grey seal, sea birds, and a rich assemblage of plants and animals on the reefs and beneath the soft sediments. The area also supports visiting whales and dolphins.

Funds will contribute towards furthering the conservation objectives of this special marine site.

Many thanks to Claire Hedley (Implementation Officer for the Marine Site) for joining the project. I hope the prints help support the floral and fauna of this beautiful area of coastline!

Click on ‘Buy charity prints’ to view the art prints series, which also includes the Isle of Eigg and The Bass Rock.

Prints for Charity Project


Calum MacDonald at Giclee, checking print proofs

We’re nearly there with the prints for charity project!

25% of proceeds will go towards to a charity related to each landscape.

For example, if you buy an art print of Eigg, 25% of your money will go to the Eigg Island Heritage Trust.

Or if the print is of my recent Bass Rock series, proceeds will go towards the Scottish Seabrid Centre in North Berwick.

It’s taken a wee while to get going, but I’ve been very encouraged by the interest from people and charities. Recently the SNP MP for Berwickshire, Roxborough and Selkirk, Calum Kerr, agreed to help promote the project on his social media sites, which is just wonderful!

I’ll be selecting five of my Borders Paintings, then Calum Kerr will post a link asking people from the Borders to suggest charities that could benefit from the project. It should help to raise interest, and I love the fact that everyone benefits from it – the charities which support the landscapes I’ve painted, my own arts business and my favourite printers, Giclee UK

I was at GP1280832iclee UK today checking proofs, and I took some photos of the printing equipment (below)  – these are state-of-the-art giclee printing machines which produce high quality prints that look almost like the painting (giclee means ‘spray’ in French, and refers to the fine ink-jet spray technique).

P1280829 As of next week, these prints will be available on the ‘Buy Prints’ option on this website.

The print images will be 5×5 inches with signed/titled/dated border in a 9×10 inch window mount, with card backing, info about the print and the charity it benefits. The price will be £28.


Just for interest I made up some samples today (the final versions will be mounted by the experts at Giclee!) …

P1280833The series (to include the Borders, Isle of Eigg, Bass Rock and Lindisfarne) should be ready to buy on this site by Wednesday next week.