Landscape Artist Helen L Robertson



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 on paper.

I love to get out into the landscape with my sketchbook and a selection of inks and pastels in order to capture the essence of a place.

There's no better feeling than being out in the elements, watching the light racing across the landscape or sitting on an empty beach waiting patiently for the sun to return from behind the clouds.

I often use a stick or feather that I have found and ink to give unpredictable, expressive marks. These sketches along with photographs are then used to inform larger works painted back in my studio.


Pastels have been my choice of medium for over 30 years now, as I love their immediacy and tactile qualities. The depth of colour and ability to layer the pigment on top of each other, gives a sense of richness and texture that I love.

I relish the challenge of conveying the reflective qualities of wet sand or the sunlight hitting the foam of a wave, with this dry medium.

Mixed media is my other passion. I flood the paper with acrylic inks, 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 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.

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."



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.



September                         Mixed Exhibition               Glasgow Gallery, Glasgow




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September                         Mixed Exhibition               Glasgow Gallery, Glasgow

21 st Oct - 12th Nov     "The Sea"  Exhibition     Colinton Arts Gallery,  Edinburgh

You can see my work in the following Galleries :

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

Colinton Arts, Edinburgh EH13 0LQ

Carron Gallery, Strathcarron IV54 8YX

Castle Gallery, Inverness IV2 3DU

Dockside Gallery, Berwick upon Tweed

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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