Mary Jane Torrance
Born in Glasgow in 1953, Mary was educated at Garthanlock Secondary in the east end of the city, after which she began studying at the Glasgow School of Art graduating in June 1975, DA Fine Art Sculpture. Further study found her qualifying the following year from Jordanhill College, as a Teacher of Art and Design.
In 1976 Mary began teaching in Motherwell Lanarkshire, then latterly in Aberdeenshire. Over her teaching career, she taught all ages, children and adults, and became an AHigher Marker for the SQA. After 35 years Mary retired from Peterhead Academy and all her education commitments to concentrate on her own art in her home studio.
Before leaving Glasgow School of Art, Mary had received her first sculpture commission, and has continued over the years to accept private and corporate commissions, covering many areas of Art and Design. Including but not limited to: Portraiture, Interior and Furtniture Design, Anatomical/Medical Illustration, Advertising Rural and Landscape paintings; Set, Cosume and Prop design, and most recently Cats and mixed media.
Over the last year or so Mary has become interested in Medieval painting and Celtic Patterns which is influencing her Cat paintings.
My name is Kirsty Bruce and I’m a 16 year old aspiring artist from Turriff, Aberdeenshire. I currently sell a variety of paintings mainly in watercolour and acrylic and animals are my favourite subject matter. I’m currently studying Higher Art and Design at school and hope to keep improving my creative skills into the future.
In June 2017 as part of a small group from Turriff Academy, I’ll be embarking on a 21-day expedition to Tanzania, East Africa. This experience of a lifetime will consist of two charity projects and exploration of the continent’s iconic scenery. We will be working closely with children from the local communities and also help to better their lives by providing them with much needed facilities and materials such as improvements to schools and the building of water wells.
All profit raised from the selling of my paintings will go towards funding my expedition, and ultimately improving the lives of the less fortunate.
Requests for commissions, or pet portraits etc can be made through my Facebook page: ‘Art by Kirsty Bruce’
I started painting in 2011 after retiring from running a bed and breakfast in Longside. I now live in Lonmay and am fortunate in having my studio in the garden.
My favourite media is watercolour. With pen and ink a close second. Favourite subjects are Birds and Beasts which is also the title of my Facebook page, which also shows a gallery of work for sale.
I hope you enjoy seeing my work here at Cafe Connect. 20% of sales goes to Cafe Connect. A worthy cause. My thanks to them for displaying my paintings.
There are some links below where you can find out more about local artists, photographers and exhibitions.
- Fraserburgh Arts Summer Exhibition
- Broch Photo House
- Art by Elinor Grieve
- Isobel Gregory Artist & Craft Maker
- Land of the Big Sky blog
- Jill Chandler Artist