Fionna Carlisle (b. 1954) lives between Edinburgh and the Island of Crete, an environment that infuses her work with colour, light and vitality. Inspired by people, flora and landscape, her paintings share a sense of bold exuberance and rhythmic intensity. Carlisle’s immediate response to her subjects through drawing is the foundation of her compositions.


“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


Fionna Carlisle was born in Wick, in the far North of Scotland and studied at Edinburgh College of Art. She has worked and exhibited in the UK, Europe and the USA.