MARGARET MITCHELL DA (Maggie Lascelles)
Born in Edinburgh, Maggie’s family emigrated to Bermuda when she was 5, where a teacher showed her sketchbook of watercolours.
She was completely entranced, so she gave her her first lessons in drawing. Later she had 5 years at art colleges; the first and most exciting was Dartington in Devon, then Edinburgh, and finally Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee
In those days her work was very different – a lot of large, loose oils. Now she prefes watercolours, often with mixed media, and the pictures have become smaller and easier to travel with.
She loves to paint outside, especially in warm climates abroad, where curious trees and exotic plants and gardens are favourite subjects. At home landscapes and coastal sketches inspire her, sometimes with the welcome addition of an animal, bird or person wandering into view.
Gardening is her other passion and lures her outside most days. But if there’s one good thing about short days and winter blizzards it is the quiet hours they encourage on her unfinished pictures – of which there are far too many.
Maggie has had 7 solo shows, including the Calton Gallery and Edinburgh Fine Arts, and some 20 group shows, mostly in Scotland but also in London and Jamaica. Her work is in private collections in Britain and worldwide, and Paintings in Hospitals has several of her pictures in their loan scheme.
She’s happy to be one of the founder members of STUDIOS NORTH, a local group of artists and craftsmen, and generally also takes part in Perthshire Open Studios.