I have always loved to draw and paint and write

My fondest memory of primary school was when my teacher gave me a special notebook for my illustrated stories.

As a teenager I made detailed drawings with a fine ink pen and sold them in a local shop. When someone gave me some rolls of hessian wallpaper, I drew large scale portraits on it with oil pastel.

Being creative is a large part of who I am and experimenting with materials and techniques, learning new ways of working and growing and evolving as an artist is a joyous thing. I have explored print making, collage, pastels, mixed media, watercolour and acrylic painting, ceramics, batik... the list is endless and there is always more to try.

Teaching and inspiring

For ten years I was a lead artist with Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust, devising and leading creative courses for people with long term health conditions, such a Parkinsons, dementia and stroke. I also ran my own art workshops for people of all ages and abilities.

I found running these workshops and courses extremely rewarding and interesting. To see people blossom and discover their own joy in creating was an amazing experience. I was also always learning from the participants. 

Art Workshop Elspeth J Mackenzie

I now live in Leith, a diverse and vibrant area of Edinburgh. Leith is steeped in history and full of character and, with its close proximity to the Firth of Forth,  I find it a very inspiring place to live.


As I continue my professional journey, I like to think of my career as one big learning experience that continuously grows with each project and new inspiration. I enjoy experimenting with different media and techniques which keeps my work fresh and relevant. The link that runs throughout my artworks is a love of colour and movement.

I like to tell a story without words

Bedroom illustration
Kitchen illustration
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I am also an avid coastal rower and have a website selling rowing and coastal t-shirts and hoodies.

Rowing to Inchcolm Island, Firth of Forth, Edinburgh.jpg

I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities.


Let's connect.

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