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Esther Donaldson SSA

Esther Donaldson SSA

Based in Port Seton, Esther’s recent work is based on gardens, a colourful cultivation of rich and sometimes exotic plant patterns, very much in vogue in contemporary interiors. “My work is based on trying to reflect the brevity of life, beauty, toil, energy, death and rebirth that is observed in the cycle of life within the garden.”

Her painting is becoming increasingly more referential and not entirely realistic, inviting the viewer's participation and hopefully giving glimpses into the life, toil, death and rebirth of the creative journey.

“In practice I enjoy layering paint, building up rich and varied colours, striving to capture the light and character of the familiar and unfamiliar places I visit.”

Esther Donaldson is a Scottish artist who, since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 1993, has exhibited and sold work regularly in galleries across Britain, including the Royal Scottish Academy, Society of Scottish Artists, RSW the RBA, Mall Galleries and the Royal Academy summer exhibition 2019, where her work was selected to be in the Academicians’ favourites list. Her work was also selected by the Royal Academy and Celebrities for the ING Discerning Eye exhibition in 2020.

In 2019, she was elected as a professional member of SSA. She was awarded the ‘House for an Art Lover Award’ in the RSW at the RSA in 2018 and has received a VACM Award from East Lothian Council in 2020.

Example of Artist's Work

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This Artist at Doubtfire

on the spring tide

6th March - 7th April 2024

The Wild Bunch

14th June - 29th July 2023

imaginary traditions

30th November 2022 - 26th February 2023

wondrous stories

1st December 2021 - 12th February 2022

wild garden

20th October - 27th November 2021


7th December 2019 - 14th February 2020

urban • rural

4th May - 29th June 2019

A Walk in the Dream Garden

14th April - 26th May 2018


3rd December 2016 - 4th February 2017

Briggs Donaldson Henderson

9th April - 14th May 2016