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alison Hartley


about me

I seemed to be born with a passion for creativity. If there was something to draw, paint or build as a I child, I did it. 

After winning prizes for my art as young as 10, I went on to study at Edinburgh College of Art.  Afterwards, I went into the business world. However, my creativity never left me - it just came out in different ways: how I decorated our house, how I presented in my career, and the things I made for my children. ​However I have been painting in earnest again for about 6 years.

In 2017 I exhibited at the Art Walk, Porty.  In 2018 I took part in the 'Art for Animals' exhibition in the Breeze Gallery, Jenners, Edinburgh.  I have completed over 12 commissions in the last year as well.

I enjoy giving people pleasure through painting living things and the occasional landscape in my own style.  I love portraying people and animals, and in particular their eyes. It’s true – the eyes have it!

This is the 'blue cow' of my brand. I hope she makes you smile


The gallery shows a selection of prior work and you can buy originals, cards and prints in the shop.  If you want to commission a pet portrait or other animal, do get in touch.

A quick watercolour of a hedgehog. It's lovely watching the animals come to life on the canvas.

You can find more examples of my watercolours in the gallery.