Wild, untamed nature. Rona Innes’s formative years in the sub arctic tundra of the Cairngorms is at the heart of her work. Her art captures the mischievous spirit animals inhabiting these landscapes as they pause to catch the viewer out.
Intricate drawings collide with semi-chaotic actions as fluids and powders are layered up with detailed pen and brush work, echoing the environment that these creatures live within.
Rona’s studio is a Wunderkammer of bones, feathers, shells and masks collected on her travels around the world. Her sketchbooks, spanning decades, show recurring themes of smudgy charcoal drawings, symbols and corvids in a bold, slightly dark and otherworldly style.
Her artwork has been shipped all over the world and one of her most imposing paintings hangs in the Scottish Parliament.
After graduating from Goldsmiths College with a BA Hons in Fine Art and gaining a Masters Degree in Computers in Design at Middlesex University, Rona worked in Soho as a Special Effects Artist on Hollywood feature films. The techniques she used in digital film post production have proved invaluable over the years.
After this, while still living ‘down south’, Rona freelanced as a commercial artist. Her work appeared in international museums, on digital billboards around the world and as stage projections in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, The Southbank Centre and on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury.
Rona also worked with bands including The Who, Julian Cope and Ginger Wildheart and had work in window displays and interiors of leading high street retailers including Selfridges and DicksonCyberExpress in Hong Kong.