Rona Innes


I am an artist based in Leith Walk Studios who works in a range of materials including charcoal, Oilbars, spray paint and pastel. I have a passion for wild, untamed creatures and places, and am especially fond on corvids. Symbols and geology are also an inspiration.

Using drawing as a starting point, I combine multiple processes to create a style that attempts to capture the personality and individual nuances of the subject. Based on observation, memory and imagination my style is intricately detailed while retaining a playful exploration of materials.

To bring my artwork ‘to life’ I use semi-chaotic processes such as flooding the surface with liquids, blasting powder over them or wearing away parts of the drawing with air or corrosive materials.

My Leith based studio is full of of feathers, bones, lichen, pieces of bark and interesting textures collected or photographed on walks.

Growing up in North East Scotland introduced me to flora and fauna while camping and hill climbing in the Cairngorms. The extreme weather, geology and wilderness have had a lasting impact on my work.


After graduating from Goldsmiths College with a BA Hons in Fine Art and completing a Masters in Computers in Design at Middlesex University I worked as a Special Effects Artist on Hollywood feature films. The digital techniques have proved invaluable when combining hand drawn artwork with multiple layers of photographic textures or doing prep work for printmaking.

While living ‘down south’ I also freelanced as a commercial artist and mainly worked with emerging technologies to produce interactive installations, kiosks and animations. My work appeared in national museums including The Churchill War Rooms, 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.

I 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.

During this period I also lectured in several universities including Glasgow School of Art and the London College of Music & Media.

After moving back to Scotland at the end of 2009, I rekindled my love of drawing and painting with traditional media. I am now a full time artist and also produce a range of illustrated products such as homeware, stationary, cards and prints which I sell through galleries and stockists.