Society Of Caithness Artists

One of the oldest exhibitions of art in Scotland

SHEILA BUTLER STEPS DOWN FROM SCA Committee after over forty years’ service.

At this year’s AGM held in the Pentland Hotel on April 18th committee members recorded their thanks to Sheila Butler for all her efforts as a member of the committee which included roles as Vice Chair and coordinating actives between the Caithness Floral Art Club and the Society of Caithness Artists. The following information was first issued for the Society’s exhibition called “Journeys”.

Sheila Butler was born in Dumfries in Southwest Scotland and came to Caithness in 1955. She has developed a distinctive style as a watercolourist working mainly on landscapes. Still life and wild plants. The wild countryside and farmland with its old cottages and narrow roads is a favourite topic. Her knowledge of the plants on the road verge allows an accurate rendering of the foreground.

Sheila exhibits regularly at the Caithness Artists exhibition and has exhibited at the Thurso Gallery. She has taken part in group exhibitions at Lyth Arts Centre, Eden Court and Riverside Gallery in Inverness and the Oxoloti Gallery in Edinburgh. Her pictures are in many private collections including the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

Artist of the month

Elizabeth Lay

Elizabeth was born in Glasgow and spent her early childhood at school in Caithness. She has always had an interest in drawing and the history of decorative art. She says, “As a child I could draw before I could talk. The skill I gave up when I left home to train as a nurse. However, I had always been interested in colour and pattern, so took up Fair Isle knitting and later canvas embroidery, often adapting and creating my own designs.”

Following her retirement Elizabeth has focus more on her own art creations where she enjoys the light and natural scenery experienced by living in Caithness. In particular Elizabeth is inspired by the botanical paintings of Elizabeth Blackadder. She continues developing her work through her art tutor David Rosie

Elizabeth is a great supporter of the style known as plein-air painting, which in its strictest sense is the practice of painting landscape pictures out-of-doors. Her work reflects this feeling. Some of her favourite areas for painting are near her home in Thurso which includes the Wolfburn river.

Artist Resources

This is our new resource page for artists. We hope to include useful information about exhibiting and selling work and any other information that artists may find helpful.

We have included a guide to writing an artists statement and a bio as one or both of these are often required in order to exhibit.

We have also included the framing and hanging guidelines for our annual exhibition and will include further guidelines for this in due course.