Eileen Sclater - My creations are graphic observations of shore and sea.


Why did you choose to be an artist/designer?

I loved art from a young age and was always drawing.

What medium do you work in?

Mainly acrylic or watercolour.

What's your background, have you always been an artist/designer?

Yes, I studied at Edinburgh College of Art and specialised in graphic design, going on to work in a variety of studios over the years before freelancing.

How has your practice changed over time?

From graphics I returned to drawing and painting.

What Does Your Art Mean to You? What Does Your Artwork Represent?

Painting makes me completely happy! Living in Orkney, where I was born, there’s constant inspiration.

How and when did you started creating….?

Way back in the 1970’s and being given great encouragement from my parents.

How would you describe your creations?

Graphic observations of shore and sea.

What inspires you?


Where do you show / sell your art?

Obviously at the SDX, but also here in Orkney at Sheila Fleet Gallery, Kirkwall and a variety of other local galleries and shops on the Orkney mainland.


Do you think art can have an impact in the local community?

Yes - we have a very strong and supportive artists’ community where I live. It’s vibrant, positive and high profile. I’d like to think it sends a positive signal out to younger artists working their way up.

Who are your biggest influences?

I really like Hockney’s work, and Elizabeth Blackadder’s for its illustrative qualities.

Which current art do you think is having an impact in the world right now?

I like how Banksy and Grayson Perry stir things up!


What difference has working with SDX made to your business?

It’s given me a bigger platform south.