Anne Skinner Fine Artist

Anne began her artistic career with an Honours Degree in Painting from the Edinburgh College of Art, Heriot-Watt University in 1992. She then gained a Masters’ Degree in European Fine Art from Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton in 1993; and was awarded a Hope Scott Trust Award to fund a trip to Harris in August 2019.

Passionate about the Scottish coastline, Anne focuses on native seascapes. She visits and immerses herself in the seascape; then works in her studio, building the painting in carefully observed layers. This method takes time and consideration, capturing the sublime beauty of the scene through intense colour and the careful abstraction of form, light and weather.

The result is a beautiful, jewel – like portrayal of the scene, a unity of painting and experience. The effect is reminiscent of Mondrian’s seascapes of the early 1900s in the use of a universal pictorial language representing the dynamic, evolutionary forces that govern nature and human experience.

There is contrast and unease - where sky meets land, light meets dark, the sun is overcast by clouds and shadow. The depth and distance achieved by Anne in her compositions show the elusive quality of the coastlines, demonstrating that beauty is often out of reach and unattainable.

We feel the desolate beauty, vast skies and expansive sandscapes of the East Lothian coastline, where shimmers of sun break through a threatening sky. The ethereal quality of the Islands of Barra and Harris, with saturated colours and a cool, almost dazzling brightness. Recently, Anne has following in the footsteps of artists such as Peploe, painting at Mossyard Beach near the artists’ colony of Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway. She conveys the exceptional quality of light and wild beauty of Mossyard Beach, with a compelling elegance and expertly achieved simplicity.

Anne currently works as a full-time artist from her studio in Edinburgh.

Portrait Photography

Anne Skinner is noted for her creativity and professionalism, with over 19 years of experience as a photographer. She takes enormous pride in working closely with clients to create beautiful, bespoke images. Anne’s artistic talent, photographic skills and interest in the wishes of each client are evident in every image she creates.

She established Anne Skinner Photographer in 2010. Specialising in portraiture (individual, children & corporate). Recent commissions include covering the East of Scotland for the UK's largest child model and talent agency, Bizzykidz. Photographing the Board of Directors at Standard Life, Edinburgh in 2015 and producing product and lifestyle shoots for the XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014. 


Anne is fully covered for public liability and professional indemnity insurance and is located in Edinburgh. She may be contacted for photographic assignments by email or phone where she will be delighted to discuss your project.