ArTay Perth 19 – 22 May 2022

Perth Festival of the Arts


With Frames Gallery, Perth  I shall be exhibiting in the centre of Perth at ArTay 19 – 22 May 2022.  ArTay has been running for over 40 years in this fine city which happens to be where I was born!

Lots of gorgeous art and creativity for sale including jewellery, woodturning, oil and watercolour painting……


More details coming soon…….

Ongoing Creative Flow Painting and Mixed Media Workshops, Kinloss Church, Findhorn Road

What is Creative Flow?
Creative Flow is about making free with water based paint, adding ink, pastel and charcoal if we want.  Creating, mark making, detaching from any outcome until we see images rise irresistibly.
We recognise our ego fears and doubts that arise as we explore the materials, false ideas that we can’t do this or will look foolish if we try.
As the colour and texture lead us, there are no mistakes that can be made and it’s such an empowering way to work.
How can I take part?
Get together a group of up to five people and choose from the dates below.  If you are looking for others, contact me and I can help with numbers.
The price for a four hour workshop is £160 and can be split between up to five people. All materials are included.
I suggest 2 – 6pm but can be flexible.
Have a look at the testimonials below and if you’re interested please contact me here or call me on 07773 347 780. 🙂

Next available dates

Thursday 7 April 2-6pm

Thursday 14 April 2- 6pm (one space available)


“ Thank you Iona, for sharing with us your wonderful and unique painting experience in a friendly, welcoming and non-judgmental environment.”

“Iona, you are such a positive and supportive tutor, always there to give us one to one guidance as well as constructive feedback.” 

Free Art in Nature workshops with Iona at Moray Art Centre, Findhorn Park, Findhorn

Free art workshops for anyone who feels they could benefit from an afternoon in nature.   Meeting at the Art Centre, we’ll go out into the forest and dunes with a guide from Wild Things! Environmental Education in Action  finding our inspiration and bringing back found treasures with which to make art.

No painting experience is necessary, just a desire to open up to your natural creativity.

We begin Saturday 14 May and run 2 – 5pm every week for six weeks.

All you need do is email  where these clever folks have secured funding to run these sessions free at point of delivery.

Remember, no art experience necessary so no personal judgements necessary!

Iona Leishman in conjunction with Moray Art Centre, Moray Wellbeing Hub and Wild Things! Environmental Education in Action

New studio, summer 2021

‘Watchers on the Bay’

Like many people, recent times for me have been about making huge change.  Establishing a new studio has been a priority and I’m now happily ensconced in an old tithe barn at Kinloss and Findhorn Parish Church.  Every time I inhabit a new space I get a new surge of creative energy and here, the energy comes from my proximity to Findhorn Bay, it’s wildlife, including the constant whirr of the curlew, oystercatcher and geese.  The ancient Kinloss Abbey, former home to a Cistercian order of monks is a step away as is the spiritual community of Findhorn ecovillage and the  village of Findhorn itself.

St Modan’s High School, Stirling

There’s a wonderfully energetic art department at this Stirling school and for a couple of months now, the Advanced Sixth year students have been paying for a day of my time.  I set up a still life arrangement and then work through a mixed media painting of it from the very first sketches to the last piece of oil paint, pastel, charcoal and ink mark.  They get to witness first hand a painting emerge from scratch with all the drips, scratches, crises and triumphs.  And even if they do not choose to work on the still life arrangement themselves, the principles of internal struggles, composition, media, doubts and triumphs are common to all of us.

It’s such fun and so stimulating that although I’m paid for one day I usually end up staying for three!