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Landscape Artist Helen L Robertson


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The Highlands and Island of the West Coast of Scotland have been my source of inspiration since 1988.

I moved to Ratagan near the Isle of Skye after graduating from Edinburgh College of Art and studying at the RCA in London.


These rugged landscapes and seascapes, continually enhanced by the seasons and weather, offer me a wealth of creative possibilities.

The coruscating light on water, in contrast to the deep, rich tones of a shadow are the things that I seek out and try to capture in my work. 

The kaleidoscope of seasonal colour and light drive my desire to capture this magic in paint and pastel.

I love to get out into the landscape, either working at my easel or in my sketchbook with a selection of inks, watercolours and pastels in order to capture the essence of a place. These works are sometimes finished in situ or are used back in my studio to inform bigger works.

My mixed media process is to flood the paper with acrylic inks and watercolours, letting colours collide and mix. I feel that when you are not in complete control of a medium is when the magic can happen.

Once dry I use pastel to bring out some areas of detail. Using the side of the pastel allows the paint below to show through. I like the contrast of having areas that are highly worked against areas of simple lines or marks. Often I spend time deciding what not to add to a painting, as apposed to what to add.

My work is sold in galleries throughout Scotland and online, selling to private collectors worldwide.

Admirers of Helen's work have often commented on how the paintings make them feel transported to that place.


"You can take as many photos as you like, but the way Helen interprets the image in Pastel, adds an emotional depth."


Sir William Gillies Award 

presented at the 142nd Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour Annual Open Exhibition 2023


If you would like to purchase a painting, please use the contact button at the top of the page or click on my email address at the bottom of the page. Thank you.


Helen's studio is in Ratagan  IV40 8HX   9 miles east of Eilean Donan Castle. 

Please use the Contact button (Top left of page)  or phone 07802 545243 to make an appointment.


Helen accepts commissions. Please contact her for details.


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Galleries & Exhibitions



21st Jan - 16th Feb  Royal Scottish Academy  RSW Annual Exhibition

11th - 31st May  Gallery An Talla Dearg Isle Ornsay  Isle of Skye IV43 8QR

You can see my work in the following Galleries :

Glasgow Gallery, Glasgow G2 4HG

Castle Gallery, Inverness IV2 3DU

Carron Gallery, Strathcarron IV54 8YX

Gallery An Talla Dearg Isle Ornsay  Isle of Skye IV43 8QR

Logie Steading Art Gallery, Forres

Tippycanoe, Portree, Skye


2002-22  An Talla Dearg Gallery, Isleornsay, Skye

2020    Torrance Gallery , Edinburgh

2017 Steading Gallery, Balmacara

2011  Castle Gallery , Inverness

2008 Byre Theatre Gallery, St Andrews

2008 MacGregor Fine Art, Glasgow

2007 Carby Art Gallery, Aberdeen

2001 Scone Studios, Perth

1994 Stables Gallery, London

1991 Eden Court Gallery, Inverness

1987-88 Ware on Earth Gallery, Edinburgh



2020 Moy Mackay Gallery, Peebles

2019 Torrance Gallery,  Edinburgh

2013- 2021 Castle Gallery, Inverness

2010 - 19 Lochalsh Art Fair, Dornie

2014 Holroyd Gallery, Ballahulish

2014 Beauly Gallery

2013 Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh

2013 Julian Jardine Gallery, Perth

2012  Edinburgh Art Fair

2012 Nicole Porter Gallery, Aberdeen

2012 Inchmore Art Gallery , Inverness

2009 Logie Steadings Gallery, Forres

2007 Edinburgh Art Fair

2006 Cambridge Art Fair

2004 Green Gallery, Germany

1993 Spey Bay Gallery, Speyside



Tel: 07802 545 243  or  01599 537 150

2 MacInnes Place  Ratagan  Kyle of Lochalsh  IV40 8HX 

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