Colour of Scotland

Colour of Scotland
Gail Ross MSP Caithness, Sutherland and Ross

Colour of Scotland
Anas Sarwar MSP Glasgow Region

Colour of Scotland
Bruce Crawford MSP Stirling Region

Colour of Scotland
Bill Bowman MSP North East Scotland Region

Colour of Scotland
Ruth Davidson MSP Edinburgh Central


The Garden Lobby, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh.
16th Sept – 20th September 2019

The Collection - Hopetoun House

The Collection - Hopetoun House

This exhibition will be part of the Edinburgh Festival featuring paintings of France, Italy, Russia and Scotland.

Opening on the 30th of July 2016, 10am – 4pm at The Carriage Room, Hopetoun House, Edinburgh, EH30 9SL.

A chance meeting on a train has become a memorable moment in my life. It was on a day in october 1989 when the West Highlands of Scotland excelled in all its Autumn glory. I was returning by train from a visit to Loch Carron and found myself sitting opposite a lovely young lady. We soon got chatting and she introduced herself as 'Cara'. Together we enthused about the wonderful colours of the highland landscape, at which point she revealed her interest in painting, and encouraged by myself began to show me items of her artwork and sketches. She said her father was a painter and she hoped to make her own mark as a professional artist. Her work was beautiful and I remember that I remarked that I was sure she would fulfil her dream. Cara was very modest about her accomplishments.

Years later I was delighted to discover that Cara's dream had indeed been realised when I visited her exhibition at Hopetoun House in August 2016. I was overwhelmed by her mastery of Highland landscapes and West Coast seascapes. I feel very proud that she has given Scottish Art such excellent global recognition. I wish her continuing success and happiness.

New Galleries

A selection of Cara's work can be seen in the following galleries:

Skye and the West

Skye and the West

Eilean Iarmain has the pleasure of hosting an exhibition by Cara McKinnon Crawford at its gallery – An Talla Dearg on the Isle of Skye.

This exhibition of new paintings includes many well known landmarks which distinguishes Skye as one of the most dramatic of all Scoltand's islands; Trotternish Ridge,the Mighty Bla Bheinn to the stunning setting of Loch Courisk, but also Cara's interpretation of the island from the air. An artist who likes to push the boundaries for her work, Cara flew over the island last year on a float plane and a film "Skye High" of her flight will be previewed at the exhibition.

"It was an incredible experience to fly over Skye, The island is dramatic enough from the land and sea. It was certainly challenging to try and interpret the landscape from the air and it has given me inspiration to do further larger compositions. Just flying through the cloud was breathtaking , and the painting "Flying High" which features in the exhibition reflects this extraordinary experience for me."

An Talla Dearg, Eilean Iarmain, Isle Ornsay Hotel, Sleat, Isle of Skye, Scotland, IV43 8QR
Tel 01471 833 332 or 01471 833 475
28th August - 16th September 2015.

Portree Art Exhibition

Sorley Maclean

Exhibition and paintings of Skye and the West Coast of Scotland. Featuring a portrait of Sorley Maclean, celebrated son of Skye.

Aros Centre, Viewfield Road, Portree, Highlands and Islands IV51 9EU.
15th June - 19th July 2015.

Into the West

Into the West

Resipole Studios fine art gallery is delighted to be hosting a solo exhibition by Scottish artist Cara McKinnon Crawford - INTO THE WEST. This collection of work by Cara depicts the rugged coast line of Ardnamurchan and the West coast of Lochaber. There will be more than 60 paintings on show. The Rt Hon Charles Kennedy will be officially opening the exhibition at 6.30pm.

Resipole Studios, Acharacle, Argyll, Scotland. PH36 4HX
Friday 8th August 2014 to Sunday 7th September 2014

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Waterside Gallery - Stratford upon Avon

Waterside Fine Art is an independent art gallery in the heart of Stratford. Situated at the top of the stairs on waterside, overlooking the canal basin.

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Solo Exhibitions

1984 N.B Gallery, Gartocharn, Dumbartonshire, Scotland
1985 Jordanhill College of Education, Glasgow, Scotland
1986 The Royal Glasgow Institute John D. Kelly Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
1990 Scottish Amicable Headquarters, Glasgow, Scotland
1994 The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland
2001 Conoco UK Headquarters, Aberdeen, Scotland
2002 The Royal Glasgow Institute John D. Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
2003 Iona House Gallery, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England
2003 Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, for Exxon Mobile U.S.A
2006 The New Grafton Gallery, London, England
2009 Gallery Le Fort, Bath, Somerset, England
2009 New Grafton Galler,y London
2010 Royal Highland Show, Ingliston, Edinburgh, Scotland
2011 The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh, Meningitis Foundation Scotland
2011 The Old Waiting Room, Scalasaig, Island of Colonsay, Scotland
2011 ‘The Cities Celebration’ ,Don Plaza, Rostov-on- Don, Russia
2014 ‘Patchings Art Festival’, Calverton, Nottinghamshire, England
2014 “Into The West”, Resipole Gallery, Acharacle, Argyll, Scotland
2015 “Images of an Island”,The Gallery, Eilean Iarmain, Isle Oronsay, Sleat, Island of Skye, Scotland
2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Hopetoun House, Edinburgh on 29th July 2016
2019 Colour of Scotland, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Selected Group Exhibitions

1993 William Hardie Fine Art, Glasgow (three person show)
2000 The Edinburgh Gallery, Edinburgh (two person show)
2002 The Heinzel Gallery, Aberdeen (three person show)
2003 The New Grafton Gallery, London (two person show)
2012 The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland
2013 The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland

Mixed Exhibitions: 1983 - 2021

The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art, Glasgow, Scotland; The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland; Strathearn Gallery, Crieff; The Heinzel Gallery , Aberdeen; The Broughton Gallery, Biggar; The Riverside Gallery, Inverness; The New Grafton Gallery , London, Festival Exhibition; Edinburgh Gallery, Edinburgh; The Compass Gallery, Glasgow; London and Bath Art Fairs;
Chelsea Art Fair, London; Iona Gallery, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England; Christies of London, Cancer Research UK , London;
The Green Gallery , Munich, Germany, Invited Artist to The Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition, The Mall, London; Tulliebardine Distillery, Perthshire (resident artist); The Mackenzie Gallery, St Andrews; The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright;
The Festival Exhibition, Edinburgh Gallery, Edinburgh; Resipole Gallery, Ardnamurchan, Argyll; The Gallery, House of Bruar, Perthshire, Scotland; Art Fair, The Pavilion; Invited Artist to the Royal Society of British Artists, The Mall, London; Selected to represent Britain in an International Painting Festival; Spain, III encuentro international de pintores De La Alberca; The McEwan Gallery, Ballater, Royal Deeside, Scotland; The Ruthven Gallery, Auchterarder, Scotland; The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland;
The Atholl Gallery, Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland; The Marc Di Rollo Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; The Royal Commonwealth Club, London , England; Sarah Samules Fine Art, Chester, England; Gallery Le Fort, Bath, Somerset, England; House For An Art Lover, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish Showcase Gallery, Kirkudbright, Dumfries, Scotland; Ealain Gallery, Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland; Ealain Gallery, Drymen, Stirlingshire, Scotland; Resipole South, Palace House, Newmarket, England;
Scottish Showcase Gallery, Dumfries, Scotland; Resipole South, Cambridge Art Fair, England; Resipole Gallery, Acharacle, Argyll, Scotland; Gleneagles, Ealain, Gallery, Perthshire, Scotland; Eton Gallery, Windsor, England; The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland;  Ascot Studios, Ribchester, Lancashire, England; The Harbour Gallery, Tarbet, Argyll; Ascot Studios, Ribchester, Lancashire, England; Glaeneagles, Ealain Gallery, Perthshire,  Scotland; Ascott Studios, Ribchester, Lancashire; Greengate Gallery, Culross; Larks Gallery, Ballater, Royal Deeside; Bute Gallery, Island of Bute; The Tallentyre Gallery, Morpeth, orthumberland; Knock Gallery, Royal Deeside; The Ballater Gallery, Royal Deeside; The Jetty Gallery, Oban.

Media Coverage

1983 The Glasgow Herald, The Royal Glasgow Institute Clare Henry
1986 The Fringe Magazine, Edinburgh
1986 Scottish Television; “Live at One Thirty” Solo Exhibition Royal Glasgow Institute J.D Kelly Gallery
1992 The Glasgow Herald
2001 The Herald, “Artist Aids Bid To Save Village Pier” Glasgow; BBC Radio Scotland
2002 Scottish Field Magazine “ Stepping Out On Colonsay”, Bridget McGrouther
2002 BBC Radio Scotland, The Iain Anderson Show, “Mostly Scotland”, solo exhibition, Conoco Uk, Aberdeen
2002 The Journal Magazine “ Destined to Paint” John Ward
2003 Scottish Field Magazine “Cara Mckinnon Crawford presents a painting to mark 100 years of publication”
Scottish Field Magazine “ Images of a Nation”, solo exhibition at The Royal Glasgow Institute’s J.D Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
Scottish Field Magazine “Brush Strokes” Bridget McGrouther
The Sunday Post, “The Colour of Life” Mary Hynd
2004 The Artist Magazine, The Paintings of Cara Mckinnon Crawford, by Julian Halsby, Listed in the Scottish Dictionary of Art and Architecture Peter J M McEwan; The Glasgow Herald
2005 The Herald
2006 The Herald, “Artist who put her Country on Canvas,” Scottish Field Magazine “Inspired Scotland,” Radio Mod interview, Murdo Mackenzie,The Herald, “My Weekend Retreat,” Radio Café, BBC Scotland, “Scottish Colourist represents Britain in International Festival of Art” La Alberca, Spain, Listed in the national dictionary “ARTISTS IN BRITAIN SINCE 1945” David Buckman
2008 “Homes and Interiors Scotland”, feature “ Bringing The Outside In”
2009 The Herald, “Painter Swaps Glasgow for its twin River city in Russia”, Phil Miller Arts Correspondent
2010 Rostov News, Russian Television,” Glasgow Artists Paints The Don”, Rostov Evening paper, Russia
Featured Artist “Art News Scotland” magazine
The Artist Magazine, Art of England Magazine, The Bath Magazine “A Journey Through Scotland” solo exhibition
Listed in “ The Dictionary of Scottish Painter’s by Julian Halsby and Paul Harris
2011 Evening Times (Glasgow) "Artist puts twin city in the picture"

Artist in Residence

2002 Island of Colonsay
2005 Cromarty, Highland, Ross-shire
2009 Rostov-on-Don, Russia


“Twenty First Century Clyde” The River Clyde from Source to Sea (on going).


Represented in private collections: U.K, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Kenya, Denmark and Russia.


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