Born in Ayrshire, I grew up in Spey Bay on the Moray coast, before graduating with an MA in Fine Art from the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art with a distinction in painting in 1997.

I have shown my oil paintings professionally throughout the UK since 2008. My work, inspired by the Scottish Borders landscape where I live and work, is in many private collections in the UK and worldwide.  I have exhibited widely and have had a number of solo exhibitions.  I am currently represented by Morningside Gallery in Edinburgh and Cameron Contemporary Art in Brighton. I am a member of the Society of Scottish Artists and Visual Arts Scotland.

Landscape has always been a source of inspiration. My painting is based on my experience of the landscape around me and almost always features a solitary motif.  Often this is a tree or group of trees.  I am interested in the possibilities surrounding the focal point of trees, their presence and sculptural form, and their role in our lives and imaginations especially as a vehicle for pause and reflection.  More recently my work has started exploring singular clouds or the outline of the hills that I see everyday. I am interested in the constancy of these familiar images in our very turbulent world.

Like the meditative and reflective spaces I visit and that are familiar to me, I want my work to have a sense of contemplation and calm but also, like a memory or a moment that comes briefly into focus, I want the work to glow and to resonate.

Claire in her home studio in Duns in the Scottish Borders 



University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art
MA (Hons) Fine Art (with distinction in studio work)

Solo Exhibitions

Feb 2018 – UMBRA at Cameron Contemporary Art, Brighton
Oct 2016 – STILL at Dundas Street Gallery Edinburgh with Cameron Contemporary Art
Oct 2015 – REVERIE preview at Chelsea Arts Club, London and Cameron Contemporary Art, Brighton
Oct 2013 – ARBOR at Store Street Gallery London and Cameron Contemporary Art, Brighton


Private collections worldwide.

Selected Group Exhibitions

Cameron Contemporary Art, Hove
White Fox Gallery, Coldstream
Albany Gallery, Cardiff
Fidra Fine Art, Gullane
Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh
Affordable Art Fair Battersea, New York, Hampstead, Bristol (annually)
Coast Gallery, Dunbar
Walker Galleries, Harrogate
Gallery Ten, Edinburgh
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Royal Glasgow Institute
Frames Gallery, Perth
Twenty Twenty Gallery, Shropshire
Paisley Art Institute
Chelsea Art Fair, London
Smithy Gallery, Blanefield
Old Gala House, Galashiels
Sproson Gallery , St Andrews
Dancing Light Gallery, Scottish Borders
Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick upon Tweed
Collective Gallery, Edinburgh


Feb 2021 – Marchmont House Tower Studio Creative Spaces Residency


Jan/Feb 2021 – ‘The English Home’
Jan 2021 – Artmag
Oct 2016 – Sussex Life
Nov 2015 – ‘Stella’ magazine

Prizes & Awards

Mar 2021 – Creative Scotland Visual Artist Award
Mar 2012 – Creative Scotland Visual Artist Award
May 1997 – Helen A Rose Bequest – for distinguished work, Edinburgh College of Art

Claire Beattie, Hay Field and Stormy Sky, oil on paper, 24x30cms, 2016


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