Marion Thomson

Marion Thomson was born in 1958. 


The unique landscape of the Scottish west coast and its many islands have always attracted me. Each of these islands have their own character and outlook. Over the years I have walked or cycled most of them from Islay in the Southern Hebrides to Lewis in the Outer Hebrides there is a sense of something different in these islands, the pace of life and the friendly people and their lifestyle.


On the islands you can experience all the seasons in a matter of hours, sometimes minutes. Weather passes quickly and no one day starts or finishes the same as another. The quality of light here is also of a more intense nature, bouncing of a glittering sea, making the colours of the big sky,the machair and mountains seem more alive and complex.


In recent years I have made repeated trips to Islay, Iona, the Uists and Harris. It goes without saying that Iona has always been a favourite with artists and I am no exception. It has those special qualities an artist looks for, colour, light and visual interest.  Mull and the smaller islands as a backdrop the 'North End' of Iona is a great spot to paint from. Islay is a wilder place with many lonely coastlines to intrigue the painter.


Although I spent a good few years on the Isle of Lewis working for the Gaelic drama 'Machair', I never made it down to the string of island that make up Eriskay, the Uists and Berneray until a couple of years ago. Endless beaches with a mountain backdrops, huge skies and a still vibrant crofting community inspire many of my paintings. From Berneray I can pop over to Harris with it's rocky landscapes and white beaches.


Equipped with paints, sketchbooks, sketching easel and camera and the hope of some varied weather, blue skies are lovely but sometimes it's good to have a bit of a storm! I then begin gathering material that I can then take back to my studio. I will walk and cycle the coastlines stopping to sketch and paint on the way. I always visit my favourite painting spots which are many but foray into new areas to find the unexpected. I enjoy the whole experience of being there from the amazing birdlife and plants to the ancient remains of past settlements.


Back in the studio I can start distilling my material into a finished work. I prepare my own canvases in order to have a surface which I feel comfortable painting on. Working on several paintings at the one time, it can take a few weeks before I am happy with the final result. Using both palette knives and brushes in a piece and introducing layers of colour and texture as I go helps me recreate that feeling of light and colour from the islands



1976-78                Glasgow School of Art.

1 year foundation course , 1 year Drawing and         Painting.


1978-81                Glasgow University.

M.A. History of Fine Art, Drama , Film and             television.


1981- 99                                    Working as Freelance Costume Designer in                         theatre , film and tv, painting alongside. 

                    Exhibited with Laing landscape competitions.


1999-2000                 Solo show with the Harbour Arts centre in Irvine.

                    R.G.I. show in Mclennan Galleries.

Mixed winter show with  the Riverside Gallery,         Stonehaven.


20001                 Solo show with the The Firth Gallery,Edinburgh.



2002                    Exhibiting with

                    Mixed show with the Gold Gallery , Edinburgh.

                    Heinzel Gallery Christmas Show, Aberdeen.

                    Compass Gallery Christmas Show, Glasgow.




2003     Solo show with The Compass Gallery at The House for an Art   Lover , Glasgow                      

                    Glasgow Art Fair, Compass Gallery

                    Gold Gallery , Edinburgh.                                             Paisley Art Institute annual exhibition.

                    Mansfield Gallery, Glasgow. West End Festival ,

                    Landscape Exhibition.

                    Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen, Summer Show.

Compass Gallery,Cabinet paintings

Compass Gallery , Winter Show

Heinzel Gallery, Winter Show

Mansfield Gallery, Winter Show Winter Show





2004                    Glasgow Art Fair, Mansfield Gallery

Heinzel Gallery, Summer Show

Mansfield Gallery, Landscape Show

Scotlandart Glasgow group show

Scotlandart Edinburgh Group show    

Compass gallery Winter Show

Heinzel Gallery Winter Show

Mansfield Gallery Winter Show Winter show 



2005            Glasgow Art Fair group exhibition ‘Sail  Away’

Summer exhibition, Mansfield Gallery

Summer exhibition, Gallery Heinzel

Exhibiting with Thompson’s Marylebone , London

Edinburgh Art Fair with

Dublin Art Fair with

Compass, Winter show

Heinzel Winter show , Winter show



2006                    Blackheath Gallery , London. Mixed show

                    Thompson’s Marleybone, London , Scottish show  Modern Scottish Landscapes. Two person show .    

Mansefield Park Gallery  8x8 mixed show

Karen Taylor Fine Art / mixed show     London

Gallery One / mixed show Sussex

Edinburgh Art Fair ,

Lillie Art Gallery , Milngavie Christmas Show

Smithy Gallery , Strathblane Christmas Show Christmas Show




2007                    Smithy Gallery ‘Out of the Mist’ group show

Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition

 Kranenburg FineArt , Oban Summer Show    

Thompson’s Marleybone

Smithy Gallery , Summer Show

Tolquhon Gallery, Ellon, Summer Show


Smithy Gallery Autumn Show

Scotlandart Christmas Show

Smithy Gallery Winter show

RGI Annual Show


                          Lime Tree Gallery , Old Melford . “ Caledonia”

                          Red Rag Gallery .The Scottish Show

                                  Smithy Xmas show



2009                    ’Warming Up’ Smithy Gallery

                                  Spring Exhibition Smithy Gallery

                                   Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition

                                  The Affordable Art Show Smithy Gallery

                          ‘Aqua’ Scotlandart

                     ‘Ship to Shore’ Scotlandart

                     Aspect Prize 2009 show

                     The Lime Tree Gallery , Bristol. Water , Water

                     Scotlandart Christmas show

                     Smithy gallery Christnas show

                           Ealain Gallery Christmas show



2010                                          Smithy Gallery  ‘Affordable Art Show’

Smithy Gallery Spring Show

Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition

Lime Tree Gallery ‘Highlands and Islands’

Red Rag Gallery ‘Scottish Show’

Kranenburg Fine Art Summer Show

Scotlandart Christmas show

Smithy Gallery Christmas Show

Lime Tree Winter Show



2011                                          Affordable Art Show Smithy Gallery

Postcard Exhibition Scotland art

‘Caledonia’ Scotlandart

Summer Show Smithy Art Gallery

Tolqhoun Gallery Summer Show

Lime Tree Gallery Bristol Summer show

Smithy Gallery Christmas Show

Lime tree Christmas Show

Tolqhoun Gallery Christmas Show



2012                    Postcard Exhibition

                    Affordable Art Show Smithy Gallery

                    Summer Show Lime Tree Gallery

                    Summer Show Heinzel Gallery

                    Summer Show Tolqhoun Gallery

                    Winter Show Lime Tree Gallery

2012                    Christmas Show Tolqhoun Gallery

                    Winter Show Smithy Gallery

                    Christmas Show Heinzel Gallery

                                                  Christmas Show The Gatehouse Gallery


2013                    Affordable Art Fair Smithy Gallery

                    Glasgow School of Art Alumni

                    Heinzel Galery Summer Show

                    Smithy Gallery Summer Show

                          Lime Tree Gallery ‘Water , Water’    

                    Macmillan Cancer Research                                     Auction ,Bonhams,Edinburgh Christmas Show    

                    Smithy Gallery Affordable Art Show

                    Lime Tree Gallery Christmas Show



2014                    Chelsea Art Fair with Lime Tree Gallery

                    Affordable Art Exhibition Smithy Gallery

May Array Lime Tree Gallery,Bristol

Spring Exhibition Tolquhon Gallery

Summer Exhibition Gallery Heinzel

Summer Exhibition Lime Tree Gallery Old Melford

Summer Exhibition Lime Tree Gallery Bristol

Summer Exhibition

Macmillan Cancer Support exhibition at Bonhams     Edinburgh

          'The Lonely Sea and the Sky' Tolquhon Gallery

          Christmas Exhibition Tolquhon Gallery

    Winter Exhibition Gallery Heinzel

          Christmas Show Fotheringham Gallery


2015                    25th Anniversary Summer Show Gallery Heinzel

                    Still Life Exhibition Fotheringham Gallery                            Lime Tree gallery Summer Exhibition

                    Summer Exhibition Tolquhon Gallery

                    Summer Exhibition Gallery Heinzel


                    Christmas Exhibition Lime Tree Gallery

                    Winter Exhibition Gallery Heinzel

                    Christmas Exhibition Tolquhon Gallery


2016                    Spring Exhibition Tolquhon Gallery

                    'Colour' Lime Tree Gallery

                    '12 Scottish Artists' Lime Gallery'

                    Summer Exhibition Tolquhon Gallery

                    Summer Exhibition Gallery Heinzel

                    Summer Group Show Leiper Gallery

                    The Affordable Art Show Smithy Gallery

                    Art for Care Marie Curie

                    Autumn Show The Green Gallery