Rock and Bird is proud to support local artists. We feature a selection of original works and art prints from East Lothian-based creators, and host guest exhibitions in our main window several times a year.
You can read more about some of the artists whose work we’ve showcased below:
Alan Connell is an award winning contemporary Scottish artist based in North Berwick working mainly in chalk pastels and gouache paint.
Alan is an East Lothian based landscape and wildlife photographer.
Astrid Trügg is a Dutch artist based in North Berwick, Scotland. Her still life paintings explore the shape and history of objects that inspire her. Her distinctive technique, using collage, pigments and gesso, creates vibrant colours and fascinating textures.
Between the Woods & Sea
Based in the popular holiday town of North Berwick, ‘Between the Woods & Sea’ makes original ceramics, art and sculptures. Work is for sale on-line, in galleries and a limited number of lifestyle venues. The work aims to create physical reminders of the important things in life - simplicity, the seasons and the wildlife of beautiful East Lothian.
WILD at Art Design is a German-Scottish brand that stands for crisp designs and bright colours.
Born in 1970, Rachel Marshall graduated from Kingston University (1993) with a degree in Illustration, followed by a PGCE from The London Institute of Education. She then spent 18 years as a full time teacher of art in London, Derbyshire and Edinburgh before taking a career break to become a mum.
She loves observing the 'every day', be it snippets of any old routine or the contented, thoughtful character walking Fido.
Rachel describes living in East Lothian as a truly inspirational place to be and she gets to enjoy the beautiful beaches, with her best friend every day.
Her paintings are usually on board, using acrylic and emulsion and she hopes more than anything that her work makes people smile.
Cath Waters is an award winning Scottish landscape digital artist and photographer living on the Isle of Skye.
The inspiration for Cath’s landscape work comes from the special places she finds on her travels around Scotland as well as the beauty surrounding her home on the Isle of Skye.
She loves the wide open spaces, vast moody skies and low light of the Scottish West Coast and the Hebrides and tries to capture the essence of these perfect places.
Colin Ironside Homes
Born in Singapore to English parents, but raised in Scotland, Colin now works out of his studio in Musselburgh, Scotland. Colin's work focuses on delicate landscapes, exquisitely printed. Working mainly at dawn or through the night, his work draws us into his surreal nocturnal world, where night becomes day and vice versa.
Since 2001 he has worked predominantly with 11"x14", 8"x10' and vintage Hasselblad film cameras, occasionally using 35mm. His signature square format, limited edition, traditional black and white fine art prints, range in sizes from his delicately detailed 7”x 7” prints to his Imposing 42"x 42" prints.
"I live in a wee village by the sea, about half an hour down the coast from North Berwick. I studied at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2013 with my MFA in Illustration. I now teach part time at the college and work freelance from my wee home studio. The beautiful landscapes and iconic buildings of the cities, towns and islands around Scotland inspire much of my work. My work is often detailed and intricate, a mixture of hand-drawing and printmaking methods. As well as making images, I like swimming and exploring the beach with my wee girl and my crazy dog."
“Whether it's a gannet flying around the Bass Rock or the stark geometry of a power station, I try to capture the transient sea, land and skyscapes of East Lothian using ceramics, painting and photography in my work.“
Working at Tantallon Studios near North Berwick, Esther hand paints ceramic tiles and produces digital images from her tiles to produce gift cards and fine art prints.
Fee Dickson Reid
Fee Dickson trained in architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, and has alternated between art and architecture throughout her career. She began her artistic career producing watercolours to commission as a student, and has since gone on to practise in a variety of media. She has shown in small local shows in France, where she lived for four years, and has sold work in Hong Kong, Australia, France and the UK. Her work is often concerned with capturing an essence of light – reflected in water, caught in twilight or dusk, playing off buildings.
Georgina Bown SSA
Being based near the East Lothian coast and the proximity to the sea has formed a fascination with sea-going vessels. “Submarines have become a focus partly due to their menacing presence, power and because they are purely designed for a function which intrigues me”. Georgina has been fascinated by exposing their strengths but also creating a vulnerability, rendering them helpless/defenceless. A background in metal sculpture facilitates an appreciation of the engineering and construction of these vast, beautiful beasts. She also believes there’s an essential link between Printmaking and Sculpture, where the physical use of machinery exposes the senses of touch, noise and smell. Georgina likes to be physically engaged with her work which is why the disciplines of Printmaking and three dimensional Sculpture complement each others processes so well. Combining all of her proven skills Georgina produces unique and striking work.
Hannah Louise Lamb
Working from her studio in North Berwick, Scotland, jewellery designer Hannah specialises in creating bespoke jewellery pieces that reflect life’s personal stories.
Inspired by the rugged beauty of nature and the idea that jewellery can encapsulate the cherished moments of our lives, Hannah’s pieces reflect coastlines, skylines and landscapes of special significance to each of us.
Jayne Stokes SSA
North Berwick based artist Jayne Stokes was born in Shropshire in 1973. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1996 with a first class honours degree in drawing and painting; and latterly studied at Winchester School of Art in Barcelona graduating with an MA in Fine Art in 1998.
Jayne is essentially a landscape painter but not in a traditional sense. Working in a range of mediums her aim is to explore and document our relationship with the environment. The starting point for most of her work is a journey. This could be a short walk, a car journey or a trip further afield. Her preferred subject is the Scottish landscape and, having lived in Scotland for over 15 years, she never tires of investigating the landscape around her.
Mark I'Anson was born in Glasgow in 1968. He has worked full time as an artist since graduating from Grays School of Art in Aberdeen in 1992.
Nat Spring Photography
Photographer based in North Berwick.
"Photography for me is a way to take notice and increase my overall wellbeing. It brings me to the here and now and makes me present. Photography gets me outside and appreciating nature. My aim, through my images, is to encourage others to explore the connection between wellbeing and the outdoors."
Landscape photography from mostly Scotland and northern England but also from anywhere there's a lovely picture to be taken.
Steven is a North Berwick-based artist/illustrator who creates colourful prints of local scenery and wildlife, often inspired by the style of the vintage railway posters of the 30s and 40s.
Studio Mör is a design project of Michael James Lewis which maps the material landscapes of East Lothian. In addition to his studio practice, Michael teaches architecture at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and lives in North Berwick.