If you missed out on a trip to Venice or the Scottish Hebrides this summer then fear not as the solo exhibition by Robert Kelsey at The Leith Gallery this month will more than compensate He uses these locations as his inspiration.

He studied at Glasgow School of Art 1966 to 1970 and was awarded D.A

He has exhibited in Budapest, London, New York, Chicago, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle.

His collectors include The Fleming Collection, Highland Spring Water, Cairn Energy PLC, Taylor Woodrow, Credit Lyonnais Bank, Arisaig Partners (Asia) Ltd., Turnberry Hotel, Enterprise Oil Scottish Friendly Assurance, Paisley Art Gallery, Sir Arnold Clark, Lord Smith of Kelvin, Lord MacFarlane of Bearsden, His Grace, The Duke Of Bedford.

Only those who know the Hebrides can believe the turquoise sea which Kelsey paints. The lovers of these magical islands know that on many an occasion they could be mistaken for the Caribbean except pine trees outnumber the palm trees! White Sands Barra and Beach Grasses, Iona are both excellent examples of this.

Kelsey’s other love is Venice where like the Hebrides the light is special and he captures that changing light well in Venice Twilight and Venice Sunset

As a contrast to his landscapes he is also exhibiting a few still lifes such as Still Life with Pinks.

The glass artist, Carrie Paxton also has a solo show this month with her delightful and sometime dramatic pieces. Amongst the more dramatic are Tall Crow in Trees.