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Orla Stevens Artist Illustrator

Orla's work looks to connect people to nature: Inspired by the importance of creative play, exploration and positivity that both her artistic process and being in the outdoors share. 

Hello there! My name is Orla and I am a multidisciplinary Scottish artist, illustrator and visual designer. 


My practice looks to connect people to nature, and explore our relationship with the outdoors: Inspired by the importance of creative play, exploration, improvisation and positivity that both my artistic process and being in the outdoors share. 

Through painting, I explore my own connections to places, mapping memories and multi-sensory experiences. Sounds, visuals and emotions are represented through colours, marks, textures and shapes to capture a sense of place. Within my paintings, musicality, rhythm, improvisation and harmony are important considerations in my practice. I often collaborate with musicians and composers to explore this audio-visual conversation. Patterns from the landscape, walking, music or field recordings are heard or seen and feature through work as textures, repeating marks, shapes and motifs. 


My work is influenced by my background in screen printed textiles, a love for folk art, and my connections to nature. A firm believer in the importance of accessibility across art and access to the outdoors, I hope my work through painting, community arts, teaching and illustration encourages more ways of noticing, celebrating and protecting our natural spaces.

I hold a BA with Honours from Edinburgh College of Art in Screen Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design.

Work is held in public and private collections worldwide, and exhibited in galleries across Europe. I frequently create bespoke artworks commissioned for private and public spaces and projects.

In addition to fine art, you'll find me working on; 


Commissioned Paintings

Print & Pattern Design 


Packaging Design 


Live / graphic scribing - in person & online

Map Design 

Public Art Installation

Teaching & Course Design 


To say hello, work together, or commission artwork, please get in touch through the contact form below!

Join my Newsletter to be notified when new work or classes are available. A full CV is available upon request. 


Make Bank

Sagas & Seascapes


University of Glasgow

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