Fiona Sturrock was born and raised in Fife. She grew up in a creative family with exposure to art and music as a normal part of being. Although these things were inherent to her life and sense of self, she chose a different career path and moved to Tayside in her early adult life to study Psychology, gaining an honours degree at the University of Dundee in 1999. Fiona then continued her studies in Clinical Psychology and was awarded a Postgraduate Doctorate Degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2006. She has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in Adult Mental Health since that time.
Although Fiona’s training followed a different professional continuum, she never ceased in her love of art, music, writing and the creative process. She engaged in self study through reading and observation and continued to create in her personal time for her own pleasure; being hugely inspired by historical works of Colourists and Impressionists. Her professional career in art began in 2012 when she was unexpectedly invited to exhibit by an art gallery in Perth who had noticed her work while framing it. From this first successful exhibition she experienced such a positive response to her work and was subsequently invited by a growing number of Scottish galleries to exhibit with them. The demand for her work grew rapidly and Fiona has successfully been working as a professional painter since that time. Her work features across several Scottish galleries and is held in private collections internationally.
“The process of painting, for me, is a meditation. I become completely involved in the practice of mixing colour and laying down patterns of light, shade and texture while experiencing how they evolve into a representation of what I am observing. There is minimal conscious awareness of anything other than what I am doing in that moment. I tend to work on one painting at a time, giving it my full focus and energy, which I think often translates visibly in the intensity ofcolour and boldness of the finished piece of work.”