Rona has been a professional artist for over twenty-five years , living and working in Midlothian; first as a tapestry weaver, then as a painter in watercolour and finally using acrylic and mixed media.
During her secondary education she received virtually no art education at all. It was not until she was 18 that she discovered an interest in the subject. However by that time it was too late to pursue it so Rona chose a career as a primary teacher taking an additional qualification in special educational needs.
Rona continued to draw and weave whenever she could until she finally left teaching to have a family. At this point Rona saw an opportunity to exhibit her work through galleries, also becoming a member of the Scottish Craft Centre in Edinburgh.
Over the years Rona has exhibited in many galleries in The UK and her work has also been bought by collectors in Europe, America and Australia.
Rona believes that art is about visual impact, not words. As a teacher her job was to communicate. So too is the role of the artist.
Consequently, Rona describes her work as being simply ‘about nature’. It’s about changing weather, seasons and places she knows and loves. It’s about the passing of time.
Rona uses mainly acrylic paint with a range of mediums. Each piece is improvisational with no pencil marks on the paper or canvas and will be worked until she is satisfied with it, however long it takes.