"My painting lies within the context of the northern romantic landscape tradition.  I try and convey the essence of land, sea and sky and express a sense of space light or mood of the moment rather than depict a specific location as this creates a boundary that restricts the process of developing the work.  It is overall a more emotional cathartic response.  The ongoing process of applying paint to canvas, gradually building layer upon layer, eventually evolves its own luminosity and depth.  It is a process that is continual and vital in all its hidden frustrations.  The elemental ideas of diffusion, suspension and reflection are key concerns, contributing to the final dynamic of the painting."

 Kirstie Cohen


1963        Born Edinburgh, Scotland

1983-87  BA (Hons) Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art

1987-88   Post Graduate Studies, GSA


Selected Exhibitions

2019             St Kilda, An Atlantic Journey, Solo, Kilmorack Gallery

2016              Kilmorack Gallery, Solo, Northern Horizons

                       An Talla Solais, Ullapool, Highland Artists Room

2015              Gallery Ten, Edinburgh

2014              The Heinzel Gallery, Aberdeen, Solo 'Remote Horizons'

2013              The Airt Gallery, Kintore, Solo 'Landscapes of the Mind'   

2012              The Discerning Eye, the Mall Gallery, London      

2010              Balman Gallery, Corbridge.   Mixed Exhibition 'Scapes'

                       Kilmorack Gallery, Beauly.     'Turn of the Tide'

2009              Mansfield Park Gallery, Glasgow. Solo 'From Darkness comes Light'

2008              Kilmorack Gallery, Beauly.      'The Word in Art'

                       Greens and Blues gallery, North Berwick. Solo Show

                       'Between Earth and Sky'

2007              Highland Artists, Inverness, Year of Culture,

2005              Greens and Blues Gallery, North Berwick. Solo Show

                       'The Elemental Landscape'

                        Beaux Arts, Bath. Mixed Summer Show.

                        The Gallery, Cork Street London, Kilmorack.

2003              Tolquhon Gallery, Aberdeenshire. Solo Show

                       'Northern Light'

                        Heinzel Gallery, Aberdeen. 'In the Blood'

                        Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden.

                        'The Contemporary Landscape'

2002               Castlegate Gallery, Cockermouth. Solo

                        'Horizon and Reflection'

1999               The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh. Mixed exhibition.

1990               The Andrew Usiskin Gallery, London. Solo,  'High - Lands'

1989               Olympia, London. BA Artists award exhibition                   

1988               Compass Gallery, Glasgow. 'New Generation Scottish Artists'



2008                Canon ABT Award Prize Winner

2000                Art TM Open Prize

1989                Finalist, British Airways Artists Award Olympia  

1988                Chalmers Jarvise Prize (RSA Student Competition)

1986                Nancy Graham Memorial Prize (SSWA), Hospital Field Scholarship