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!


Smithy Art Gallery, Blanefield nr Glasgow

I have five paintings at this gorgeous vibrant gallery

 ‘This Land’ 1.2 x 1.2m POA

‘Horseshoe Falls, River Forth’ mixed media 61 x 24cms £725

 ‘On the Tide’ mixed media 23.5 x 18cms £295

  ‘Traigh Ban, Island of Iona’ oil painting 60 x 17cms, £675

  ‘Water Music’ mixed media 23.5 x 18cms £295

74 Glasgow Rd 
G63 9HX 
01360 770551


Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm
Sunday 1pm to 5pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Stirling Castle ‘River, Town, Castle and Kirk’ exhibition

Currently for sale in Stirling Castle’s Unicorn Cafe is a wide selection of mixed media contemporary Scottish paintings by Stirling artist Iona Leishman.  The show reflects the land and townscapes of Stirling and the River Forth.

Iona was Historic Environment Scotland’s first artist in residence at Stirling Castle and has exhibited consistently there since 2011.  Her knowledge and feeling for the castle and its human history is expressed through her vividly-imagined historical paintings.

Opening times: Every day 9.30am to 5pm, last entry 4.15pm.  Free with castle entry ticket.


 ‘In the Shadow of the Wallace Monument’ 82 x 61cms £1,775


 ‘Auld Bridge Twist’ 44 x 37cms £675.00