Orla Stevens is a Scottish artist and illustrator, creating playful and atmospheric work led by expressive mark making, vibrant colours and handmade textures. Her work looks to connect people to nature, inspired by the importance of creative play, exploration and positivity that both art and being in the outdoors share.
Collaborating across a diverse range of applications, Orla loves working in multidisciplinary ways; from public artwork, packaging, editorial, album artwork, textiles and beyond.
Inspiration is found in nature and observing moments of everyday, which are often documented through sketchbooks. Orla is influenced by abstract expressionism, mid-century print design and daily life. Her work explores themes of connection, play and positivity which is shared through bold colour and many layers of mixed media.
Orla holds a BA with Honours from Edinburgh College of Art in Textiles and Surface Pattern Design. Work is held in public and private collections worldwide, and exhibited in galleries across Scotland. Orla frequently creates bespoke artworks commissioned for private and public spaces and projects.
To say hello, or commission artwork, please get in touch through the contact page: A full CV is available upon request.
Passionate to connect people with art and nature, Orla runs painting classes for public and private events. Additionally, she works as a team member at Print Clan - Glasgow's Open Access Textile Printing Studio.