Elizabeth Blackadder

Dame Elizabeth Blackadder is one of Scotland’s finest painters. She was the first woman artist to be elected a member of both the Royal Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy. She is one of Britain’s most popular artists.

She studied at the Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University – and belongs to a long tradition of Scottish artists whose glorious use of colour is widely recognised. The brilliance of her colour, the delicacy of her painting and the refinement of her design, convey the intensity of observation which she transfers with exquisite sensitivity to paper. Her interest in Japan (reflected in her work) and the fluency of her brushstrokes, make her the perfect artist to illustrate books of haiku.

Elizabeth Blackadder is one of the most honoured artists of her generation. As well as a number of honorary degrees – in 2001 she was made The Queen’s Limner and Painter in Scotland.