Este Macleod is a professional painter and designer. Through her work Este reflects on the sentiments, joy and nostalgia surrounding the ongoing process of life. As a fine artist she works primarily as a colourist painter applying her unique sense of design, strongly influenced by her training as textile designer and years as studio ceramicist. A love of vintage household objects, simplified plant and natural forms inform her still life and landscape paintings.
Este distorts and simplifies recognisable everyday objects by working in acrylic paints with a variety of mediums. Attention to detail, use of lines and brush strokes, complimentary colours, layering and texturing of paint, and scraping techniques are intrinsic to her way of working. Este’s images have been used by John Lewis and Paperchase and various textile designs have been based on her work.
As an England Arts Council Arts Award Adviser and a GOLDEN* Artist Educator, Este facilitates projects at art fairs such as Art in Action and the Affordable Art Fair, schools and corporate environments as part of a creative campaign to promote art in the community. Occasional painting workshops are given with a focus on painting techniques.
Este exhibits in galleries in the UK and abroad. Her paintings and sculptures are in public and private collections around the world.
She has always been a professional artist and holds a Higher National Diploma (Textile Design*) from the Pretoria Technikon, a BA Honours in Ceramics and Glass (1st Class) from Buckinghamshire New University where she studied under Prof. Neil Brownsword and an MA in Contemporary Crafts (Jewellery) from UCA in Farnham.