Summer 2018 Exhibition

7 July – 3 August

We’re delighted to have so many talented artists under the one roof. At Hangar Framing, throughout July and into August, you’ll be able to enjoy the works of all these local artists in our Summer Exhibition 2018.


Alan Connell

Alan Connell is a contemporary Scottish artist. He was born in Troon, Ayrshire, and studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1984 – 1988. He has exhibited widely within the UK and abroad.

Alan now lives in North Berwick where he continues to create artwork, much of which is inspired by his surroundings. He also works part time as an Art Specialist in schools throughout East Lothian. Alan won the SABA Award R.G.I 2017 and the Elizabeth Greenshields Award.

Amanda Phillips

Amanda originally trained as a painter before pursuing a career as a chartered architect. For over ten years she taught architecture, graphic design, product design and drawing at Edinburgh College of Art and Napier University.

Amanda now paints full time in her studio, working mostly in acrylics, but to keep her work fresh, she experiments by using different media, often on the same painting. Amanda uses space and order and the conscious decision-making process, mixed with the fluidity and instinctive movement which comes from using paint. She has won awards in both architecture and painting.

I paint the extraordinary in what may look an ordinary view.

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Deborah Phillips

Deborah Phillips was born in Dundee, the daughter of well-known Scottish artist, Douglas Phillips. It soon became apparent that she would follow in her father’s footsteps. She first exhibited work at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art at the age of 14.

Deborah now concentrates on painting in acrylics in her Dundee studio overlooking the Firth of Tay. She exhibits extensively throughout Scotland, England and Ireland and her work can be found in corporate and private collections throughout the world.

I enjoy all aspects of creating a painting, from going out into the stunning Scottish countryside to collect reference material, priming the board on which I will paint, squeezing paint from the tubes and watching it glisten on the palette, holding the well-used brushes, mixing the squelchy colour and applying it in swathes, varnishing, framing and then seeing the finished article on a gallery wall – every stage gives me a thrill.

Esther Cohen

I am a visual artist and art teacher based at Tantallon Arts & Crafts Studios near North Berwick. My work is inspired by Edinburgh and East Lothian land and sky-scapes. Ceramics and photography are the basis for my paintings on tiles and dishes using clay slip mixed with various coloured underglazes. My dynamic techniques produce unique and vibrant images of local seabirds and famous landmarks, with the intention of connecting the viewer with a special memory or place. I also specialise in creating archival digital prints and cards to complement my designs.

Janet McCrorie

Janet was an Arts and Crafts teacher for many years and with her family all grown up, it was a natural progression to focus on developing her own painting. Janet studied with the Open College of the Arts (O.C.A.) and at Leith School of Art.

It was while working on an O.C.A extended study on the theme of ‘dance’ that Janet began to experiment with mixed media to capture the movement and the unique look of tartan in Scottish dance. Her aim is to bring images of Scottish dancing to life, as something we all enjoy, and to invoke a sense of pride and nostalgia while putting a modern twist on the spectacle of these ancient traditional dances.

Janet’s paintings can be seen in many galleries throughout Scotland and have been sold internationally. Originally from Lanarkshire, Janet now lives in East Lothian and works from a studio in her home.

Kate Henderson

Kate trained in stained glass and painting at Edinburgh College of Art where she graduated with a degree and post graduate diploma in 1993. She has been self-employed artist since, working on painting for exhibitions and competitions and has continued to make stained glass panels for commissions. In 2017 she moved into a new workshop in East Lothian where she now teaches classes in stained glass and mixed media painting.

Many of my paintings are based on historic architecture, and these images are inspired by Edinburgh buildings, a rich source I find constantly challenging. I love the way light falls around the building, especially evening light; the cool subtle tones create a contrast against the warmth of street or interior lighting. I really enjoy observing the details and patterns from the buildings, simplifying and stylizing them in my paintings.

My works are not representational but contain the essence of place, strengthened by an intuitive use of colour. Recently I have begun to draw into the acrylic paint with graphite, giving greater definition while adding depth and texture to my painting. Over the years I have developed an increasingly expressive approach to both my painting and glass work, gaining awards and prestigious commissions. I feel there is a symbiotic relationship between glass and painting that continues to strengthen and influence my mark making within each discipline.

Kirstie Cohen

Kirstie lives and works near Inverness, though she was born in Edinburgh, in 1963. After studying at Edinburgh College of Art to develop a portfolio, she gained entry to Glasgow School of Art where she completed her degree and Postgraduate course. As soon as her studies were completed she started to develop landscape in her work, turning professional with her first solo exhibition in London in 1990. She has subsequently had many solo and mixed shows nationwide.

Kirstie Cohen is a rare voice in Scottish painting, as both a traditionalist and an abstract artist, her work fuses the geographical with the intensely psychological. Seen through her eyes, the hills and skies of Scotland becomes a highly subjective, internal monologue - a representation of the solitary self. Conversely, under her gaze, the figure assumes the forms and colours of an obscure landscape replete with distant peaks and gullies, inseparable from its environment. - by Arlene Searle

Lynn Hanley
Lynn Hanley at Work - Coburg Studios

Lynn Hanley has lived and worked in Edinburgh for over 20 years. She studied Printed Textile Design and worked as a freelance designer before returning to her first love of painting. Lynn’s cityscapes and landscapes show the influence of her textile background. Her use of gouache as the main medium combines with her love of colour and texture to create a unique style.

Her work has been described as “peppered with tiny people like Lowry, cross-bred with Beryl Cook – deliberately naïve and meticulously painted, they have a charm that is uplifting”.

I love creating paintings with quirky details and peopling them with characters to bring the pictures to life.

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Pascale Rentsch

Pascale is an artist and ceramicist, based in Haddington, East Lothian, whose bespoke tableware and home decor bring ‘nature into your home life”. Her work is inspired by the natural world and Pascale’s beautiful drawings and paintings of the Fauna and Flora combine to make each ceramic piece unique. She does much of her painting in the great outdoors, on location in Mull, Islay and Skye, as well in her homeland of Switzerland. Pascale often incorporates natural materials such as willow and wood, to give her pieces a beautiful and original appearance.

Nothing gives me more pleasure than my work being used and enjoyed by you, to make your day just that little bit more special; for you to enjoy pouring out milk from one of my small handmade jugs when having a cup of tea by yourself or with a friend; perhaps arranging a bunch of flowers in one of my handmade vases. Slow living, and appreciating little things which ultimately make life more beautiful and precious.

Rebecca Dover

Rebecca paints local seascapes in acrylic on canvas. Some scenes are of specific harbours and beaches in East Lothian. Others are influenced by the area’s dramatic sea, sky and weather, but look more abstract.

Originally from East Lothian, Rebecca spent her years of education in Perthshire and Edinburgh (Duncan of Jordanstone and Edinburgh’s Telford College) before working in the Art Department for film production.

She has been selling paintings for 15 years and over the last 3 years, has returned to Haddington with her young family. Rebecca paints private commissions, exhibits at 3 Harbours Arts Festival, local galleries and was recently featured in the Toun Cryer.