Gill Walton


Gill is a well-respected artist who has won awards from Creative Scotland, Scottish Borders Council and The National Lottery Fund. After graduating with an honours degree in Sculpture from Cheltenham College of Art in 1989, she has continued to practice art and has exhibited widely.

Gill is a lifelong, multi-award-winning artist currently living and working from her home and studio in the Scottish Borders. Her initial Honours degree was in sculpture but she began painting when her children were small and it was easier to put down a paintbrush than wrap up a large sculpture.

This year she was awarded a residency at Marchmont House. In 2019 she was awarded best exhibitor at The Borders Art Fair and has been awarded project funding from Creative Scotland and The Lotteries Fund.

I am a contemporary figurative painter and, though I paint people, these paintings describe moods, emotions and states of being rather than individuals. Some of them have a narrative element that draws heavily on historical portraiture and manipulates the symbolism of the Baroque to represent contemporary feminist themes. They also tap into Jungian archetypes and dream worlds.

During the Pandemic my work changed significantly to reflect the experiences many of us had of isolation and detachment and of being in a time between times. This new series is based on an exploration of the breath.

Gill Walton