Title: East Beach, Dunbar
Size: 30cm x 42cm
Medium: Mixed Media on Board

About the Artist

Ann Cowan RSW - Biography

My work focuses on architecture and the urban environment. I spend a lot of time drawing on location. I look for strong architectural shapes and compositions and take inspiration from my home city of Edinburgh as well as the East Lothian coastline. The larger paintings develop from ideas in my sketchbooks and are built up over time with layers of collage, acrylic paint and ink. The smaller pieces are often taken directly from my sketchbooks. I find the process of arranging papers and surfaces combined with painting and drawing very liberating and it drives the direction of my work.

Born in 1974, I studied law at Edinburgh University and qualified as a solicitor in 2000. I worked in private practice for nine years before taking a break to start a family. Instead of returning to the legal profession, I decided to pursue my interest in art and from 2011 I studied three short courses at Edinburgh College of Art covering landscape, cityscape and mixed media. Since then, I have worked full time as an artist and have exhibited in a range of group exhibitions and have had two solo shows at The Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh.



"Dunbar Sketchbooks" at Fidra Fine Art

"Edinburgh" exhibition at the Morningside Gallery

Smithy Gallery, 2020

Fidra Fine Art Summer Show, Gullane
The Atelier Gallery, Edinburgh
Fidra Fine Art, Architectural Landscapes, Gullane
The Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh

Solo Exhibition, Open Eye Gallery
Morningside Gallery
Mixed exhibition MacMillan Art Show
St. Columba’s Hospice Art Exhibition

Edinburgh Art Fair
MacMillan Art Show
Fidra Fine Art, Mixed Exhibition
Open Eye Gallery, Christmas exhibition

Solo exhibition, Open Eye Gallery

Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair
St.Columba's Hospice Art Exhibition
MacMillan Art Show
Open Eye Gallery Christmas Exhibition

Mixed Exhibition, Gallery Ten
St.Columba's Hospice Art Exhibition
Open Eye Gallery Christmas Exhibition
Edinburgh Art Fair

RSW Annual Open Exhibition
VAS Annual Open Exhibition
Mixed Exhibition, Strathearn Gallery
RSA Annual Open Exhibition
Open Eye Gallery Christmas Exhibition

RSA Annual Open Exhibition