vibrant and joyous artwork to enhance your environment


Vibrant, exuberant, lively, colourful, joyous

My artworks are vibrant, colourful and joyous and will brighten up your environment – at home or at work. You, your family, friends, colleagues or customers will enjoy the difference my artworks make to your surroundings. All my work is made with love and care using the best materials. Many are original pieces of work. Any prints will be clearly marked as such. I also take commissions – contact me to discuss your requirements. Elspeth

My techniques

I capture the essence of my chosen subject matter in a lively and impressionistic way.

I love to use fluid acrylic ink on Yupo paper (a plastic coated paper similar to photographic paper with a shiny non-absorbent surface). The paint slips and slides on the surface of the paper and can be chased around until the desired effect is found. Not for the faint hearted though as this method is unpredictable and you have to be prepared to make use of ‘happy accidents’. I love this aspect of this way of working though – it makes it all the more exciting. Once the paint begins to dry , I can scratch into the surface to create texture.

Coastal Rowing

In order to recreate the feeling of rowing in windy weather, I used a stick to scratch lively and textural marks into the paint.

St Ayles Skiff

This calm scene of a skiff moored on the beach was done using the wet-in-wet method. Fluid acrylic paint was poured onto wet paper and allowed to settle where it wanted. Details of the boat were then picked out using a fine ink pen.

West Coast of Scotland

Watercolour, pencil, charcoal and crayon on watercolour paper were used to create this artwork whilst sitting on a rock overlooking Achmelivich Bay

Elspeth J Mackenzie

I am a Scottish visual artist based in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland. I love colour and conveying a sense of movement in my artwork. I use various materials and techniques to capture the essence of my subject matter. I love nature, espcially the sea and my most recent work is influenced by my experiences as a Scottish Coastal rower.
I enjoy paintiing on paper in a loose and lively way – adding elements of drawing to add detail..
Ink , watercolour and felt tip pens are my favourite media for illustrative work.
A sketchbook is the ideal way to keep on being creative on a daily basis
Experimenting with simple printing techniques adds another dimension to my work.


I love my painting – it makes me smile every time I see it.

Susan R

Elspeth paints in an exuberant, impressionistic style, which sometimes borders on the abstract.

Art Critic

The commission you painted of our family holiday home is just wonderful.

Jo N

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My other love – Scottish Coastal Rowing

There is something wonderful about being out on the water with like-minded people

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