Lesley McLaren

Lesley McLaren

Glasgow born artist Lesley McLaren uses oil paint on gesso panel to create fantasias of the natural world and rural-community life. Born in 1959, Lesley graduated with a BA (Hons) Painting from Exeter College of Art and Design in 1982 and became a full-time painter in 2000. 

“I live in the Scottish Borders, whose landscape is so beautiful and varied - a rich source of inspiration, from Belted Galloway cattle to Scottish Blackface sheep, barn owls to wrens. 

As well as the Scottish landscape, animal and bird life I have a love of indoor objects of beauty too, such as precious mementos and collections…private wee secrets.”

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Island Blue Gallery is an art gallery and gift shop located at Baliscate, near Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. We have a beautiful, light space filled with works by many skillful Scottish artists ranging from the mysterious and tranquil sweeping landscapes of Garry Brander to the mythical and surreal fantastical worlds of Matylda Konecka. A lot of the prints we stock have a distinctly Scottish feel and truly capture the essence of Scotland's landscape and wildlife.