The Jetty Gallery

The Jetty Gallery         www.thejettygallery.com

Leonard Mair


"I was born in 1949 and spent my professional career as a partner and  litigation lawyer in an Edinburgh firm for forty two years. I retired in 2015 and while I had always had an interest in painting as an occasional hobby, I decided to up my game on  retirement.  I studied for three years with the Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art and gained the degree equivalent of an Advanced Diploma in Atelier Painting and Drawing in 2019. It was never really my intention to be a commercial artist, but I started to get commissions in 2018 and in 2019 I was invited to produce work for a ceramics/painting gallery in Collioure, France (where we currently have a second home). I did a dozen oil paintings for the exhibition (representing one years' work) which was due to run from April 2020 but unfortunately it was cancelled on account of the pandemic. France has been in one form or another of lockdown pretty much ever since. Not exactly perfect timing! However several of the paintings were sold on a private basis by the gallery so it wasn’t a total washout. The remaining work is still in France. 

My training  was in the classical realist tradition (not hyper realism) and that remains my preferred style, although I have occasionally done some looser work. I paint in oils and tend to use Jacksons fine weave linen panels or Bella Arti fine weave stretched canvas. I am not a fast painter, partly because the classical method of oil painting requires layers to dry before overpainting. I have painted a range of subjects including still life, portraits, life studies, animals/birds and landscape and I enjoy all of that, although perhaps because I am half Dutch, I mostly enjoy still life. I try to find original subjects that hold the viewer’s interest and give the feeling of freezing a moment in time as the viewer passes the subject matter. I don’t paint large paintings. They are mostly under 40 x 50 cm although I have occasionally done larger work."