About Nancy Turnbull

Nancy Turnbull is a Scottish artist. After many years of living in Worcestershire, she has returned to live in Stirling, close to her roots.

'I am inspired to paint by the natural world – by the changing seasons, soft shades of green, lilac clouds, lichen on shore rocks and reflections on a wet beach. I have always been fascinated by wild flowers, and bluebells, cow parsley, red campion and wild iris often feature in my work.

There must always be a reason for choosing a particular subject; something that sparks the imagination, something that only an artist's eye would observe.

The challenge is to capture that feeling with marks on a canvas, subtle colour combinations and the texture of paint. I work in oils quickly and instinctively using knives, brushes and rags and try always to achieve a freshness and impression rather than an exact representation. I search out inspiration wherever I am. Even familiar scenes change with different light and the rotation of the seasons. I spend time on Arran, tramping well known paths and occasionally discovering new viewpoints. I enjoy painting on Islay and the West Coast. Fife too, with its big skies, provides a pleasing contrast.'


I have participated in both solo and mixed exhibitions in the following galleries


And have also exhibited at

  • Macmillan Art Show
  • Marie Curie Art for Care Exhibition
  • Pittenweem Arts Festival
  • Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
  • Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts

In 2010, I was awarded the David Cargill award at the RGI.