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exhibiting at:  Many Thanks Coffee Shop & Art Gallery, 3 The Cross, Mauchline, Ayrshire KA5 5DA

Lilias Conroy – Silk by Lilias

Email: lilias.houston@ntlworld.com

Phone: +44 (0)7968 237540

drawing inspiration from my love of architecture and our Scottish heritage

The Artists bio

I was very lucky to grow up in rural Stirlingshire where I was greatly influenced by my maternal grandmother,a wonderful artist. Drawing and painting was my favourite pastime and while at school I won many awards. Later I became a member of The Embroiders Guild and with them attended a Silk Painting course at Galashiels College of Textiles……I had found my passion!

Taking time out to raise my family and follow a career in finance it was many years before I took the important and exciting decision to return to my painting full time.

I am primarily self taught and working from my own studio in East Renfrewshire,drawing inspiration from my love of architecture and our Scottish heritage, I experimented with the silk to get the effects I wanted. Silk is one of the oldest mediums and a very unusual one to choose and my chosen subject of architecture and landscapes makes my work very unique ,especially with the level of detail that I achieve. I visit beautiful parts of the country taking lots of photographs to give me the images I want to paint.Using the “Gutta resist” technique,pure silk and vibrant dyes I paint quirky buildings and atmospheric landscapes-no other medium produces such luminous and magical results.

As a member of The Guild of Silk Painters,I exhibit and sell my work throughout Scotland,including The National Trust, Scottish Parliament, New Lanark and Glasgow University with many pieces going abroad.