Ailsa Black lives on the Solway Coast and it is here that she takes her inspiration from. Her work is based on the landscape, animals and birds that surround her. She is interested in the use of these core influences, which merge with her imagination, to convey a light-hearted, quirky and whimsical narrative on aspects of rural life.
Ailsa was born in Northern Ireland and grew up in Dumfries and Galloway. After studying at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen Ailsa moved to Edinburgh where she worked as an outreach and community arts worker in the voluntary sector for 10 years. In 2001 she returned to Dumfries and Galloway. Today she works from her studio on the Solway Coast.