Originally from Caithness in the far North of Scotland, Fionna Carlisle (b. 1954) now lives between Edinburgh and the Island of Crete, an environment that infuses her work with colour, light and vitality. Her portraiture, flower and landscape paintings share an exuberant joie de vivre, felt in the rhythmic intensity, freedom and focus of her paint handling.


“Few artists in Scotland have work that vibrates so much with colour and powerful brushwork, and that is in the country that gave birth to the Colourists. Fionna Carlisle has taken their traditions and loves and gone further with them -  literally, to Greece. And beyond this, to a new realm of energetic paint.”

 Tony Davidson, Director of Kilmorack Gallery


Carlisle was born in Wick in the far North of Scotland. She then travelled south study at Edinburgh College of Art and now lives between Edinburgh and Crete.