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Through painting, Orla explores the experience of connecting with the natural world, translating the emotive qualities of Scottish Landscape into her practice. 


Paintings gather a blend of visual, emotional and aural recordings taken during plein-air painting and sketch-booking trips. Orla frequently explores remote landscapes with wild camping and hillwalking trips, where plein-air drawing, sound recordings and photography informs her painting collections. 


Painting research takes Orla all across Scotland; from her local landscape of the Trossachs National Park where her studio is based, to further afield; delving into the natural rhythms from the West Coast, Outer Hebrides, Orkney Isles and North Atlantic sea.



'Over the Rainbow' Group Exhibition - The Tolbooth, Stirling 

'Changing Tides' Exhibition - Scottish Society of Artists - Online

'Transparency', Bannockburn House - Group Exhibition 

Artisan &, Aberfeldy - Group Winter Exhibition 

Found Gallery, Dunbar - Group Winter Exhibition 

The Velvet Easel Gallery, Portobello - Group Winter Exhibition 

The Green Gallery, Dollar - Group Winter Exhibition 

The Whitehouse Gallery, Kircudbright - Group Winter Exhibition 

Sight & Sound - Solo Exhibition - Macrobert Arts Centre

Postponed to 2021

Artisan & - Group Exhibitions, January, March, April Online


Drawn Threads - RogArt Studios - Curator & Exhibitor


Summerfest - Callander 

The Woodhouse - Kippen 

Perthshire Open Studios - Callander

Fife New Contemporaries - Online Exhibition

Teran Community - Online Exhibition


ECA Degree Show, Edinburgh 

New Designers Textile Fair, London

Summerfest, Callander 

Tangible Sounds, Aural Textiles, Forres 

2014 - 2018

The colony of Artists Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh 



Textiles BA (1st class Hons) Edinburgh College of Art 


Tramway Visual Arts Studio Portfolio Course 



VACMA - Graduate Award Forth Valley



Worshipful Company of Dyers - Colour Award


Callander Hydro Trust Award 

CIRKEL Home - Sustainability Award 


2018 - 2020 


Aural Textiles Design Research RSE / GSA  (ongoing)



Interview - Loch Ness Living


The Great Outdoors Magazine - August 

The Skinny - June