Iona Roberts is an artist from Glasgow, where she still lives and has her studio. Location is used as a starting point for all Iona’s work. Through walking, she absorbs and documents places from busy cities to remote landscapes, exploring concepts of identity, time and space. Back in the studio, Iona uses surfaces and memories collected from work on location as a starting point to explore further possibilities. Often, paintings end up looking far removed from their source drawings as the experience has become personalised, allowing the paint to take its own path.

Iona has exhibited widely across the UK and particularly in Scottish galleries. Iona’s work can currently be found at the Compass Gallery, Glasgow and Kilmorack Gallery, Kilmorack. She has received a series of awards and residencies, enabling her to work in various locations across Scotland and Europe. Iona is a regular part time tutor at Glasgow School of Art and has recently returned from a two week funded Christmas residency on the Shetland Islands.

Iona will use her time at Cove Park to develop a set of plein air watercolors and ink drawings as research for her solo exhibition at the Compass Gallery. She plans to work on location at Cove Park and use the quiet evenings to develop some of her recent Shetland Islands drawings for large works.

Image: Iona Roberts, Coastal Dream, 15 x 32cm, mixed media