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Catriona Sketching in Oban

New York-based Scottish artist Catriona Herd paints landscapes done from plein air sketching trips in mainland Europe, Scotland, England’s Lake District and the United States. Herd also paints the figure.

Arts impresario Richard Demarco said in 2008 that Herd's work "strikes a true celebratory note of joy" and shows a "passionate commitment to plein air oil painting."Herd spent the summer of 2013 on a painting scholarship at the Marchutz School of Fine Art in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Catriona Sketching in Oban

Herd spent the summer of 2012 sketching in Portugal, Spain and France. In 2010, Herd undertook sketching trips to California, West Virginia and the Scottish island of Iona.

In 2009, Herd's painting "Copper Tree, Evora, Portugal" won a Jean Gates Award in New York and she also won a scholarship to paint at the Anderson Ranch Arts Centre in Aspen, Colorado.

Glasgow-born and Linlithgow-raised Herd graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, Scotland, in the 1980s after five years of study including a postgraduate year and selection to paint at the Hospitalfield House master class. Herd's teachers at Dundee included veteran Scottish painters James Morrison, Alberto Morocco and Jack Knox, who was a major influence on Herd’s development. Following stints in Edinburgh, Hong Kong and New Zealand, Herd moved to Brooklyn, New York in 2003.