Rosemary Beaton studied fine art at The Glasgow School of Art at a time when great emphasis was put on teaching drawing and highly figurative painting was re-emerging: Graduating with a first-class BA Hons in 1985 and a highly commended post graduate in 1986. Whilst still a student in third year she was the first Scot and youngest person to win the prestigious John Player National Portrait Award (now BP) in 1984.
Rosemary is noted for her figurative, colourful drawing and painting. She has also worked on largescale public art projects including The West End Window, Glasgow. She taught for many years at GSA and continues to teach at The Essential School of Painting, London. Her work has been acquired by private and public collections including the BBCand the National Portrait Gallery, London: painting Sir Robin Day, tv and radio journalist in 1985 for the NPG collection. She has exhibited widely and Solo exhibitions include Alternative Realities, Glasgow 2018. Group shows include 400 Women, Holland, Edinburgh and London, 2012/11/10 and Monumental Woman with Alison Harper, Anita Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle and Paula Rego. Boundary Gallery, London 2005,