Frances Macdonald is unrivalled in her ability to capture the true character of the coastline of Argyll and the Western Isles.

Following in the footsteps of the great artists of the post-Victorian era, Macdonald has now established herself as a worthy successor to the likes of Cadell, Peploe, Glass and Maclaughlan Milne. Here is someone who effortlessly manages to make you feel the heat of the sun, the hint of salt carried on the wind, the desolate beauty and magnificent panorama of the west coast shoreline. Here is someone who is wonderfully in touch with her subject matter; an artist who understands that there is every bit as much beauty in a raging storm as there is in a sun-soaked tranquil, aquamarine cove. Here is someone who is immersed in her surroundings and can convey their every nuance to the viewer.

It is therefore hardly surprising to realise that Frances Macdonald both lives and works in a delightfully unspoiled corner of Argyll, at Crinan. From her studio and from The Crinan Hotel, which she runs with her husband, Nick Ryan, there are inspirational views across the water to the north end of Jura and to Scarba. Details of the Crinan Hotel may be viewed on their website:

Her trademark use of the palette knife to depict the very structure of the rock formations is balanced by an uncanny ability to portray the true colours of both beach and sea. At first glance there is a temptation to think that the colours would be more at home in the Mediterranean or the Caribbean, but visit the West Coast of Scotland and you will see that they are just as Macdonald depicts them.

Elected Council Member, SSWA 1983-1986

Elected Council Member, RGI 2004-2006

Exhibitions Include:

1975 Gallery Paton, Edinburgh
1977 Shore Gallery, Edinburgh
1988 Macaulay Gallery, Stenton
1989 Sue Rankin Gallery, London
1993 Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
1993 Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
1994 Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
1995 Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
1996 Scottish Art Club, Edinburgh
1997 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1998 Cyril Gerber Fine Art, Glasgow
1999 Cyril Gerber Fine Art, Glasgow
1999 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2000 Portland Gallery, London
2001 Art 2001: The London Contemporary Art Fair
2002 Portland Gallery, London
2003 Portland Gallery, London
2005 Art 2005: The London Contemporary Art Fair
2005 Portland Gallery, London
2008 Portland Gallery, London
2009 Portland Gallery, London
2011 Portland Gallery, London
2013 Portland Gallery, London
Forthcoming Exhibition:

2015 Portland Gallery, London

Collections Include:

Aberdeen Asset Management
Adam & Company, Edinburgh
BKR Haines Watts, CA, Glasgow
Drummond Miller Solicitors, Edinburgh
First National Bank, USA
Fred Olsen Shipping Line
Gleneagles Hotel
Misys plc
No.1 Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow
Property Captial Group
Robert Fleming Holdings
Royal Bank of Scotland
Stenna Shipping Line
University of Strathclyde

Macdonald's paintings are featured in private collections worldwide.