SYLVIA QUINN HOME is a Visual Artist and Designer who has lived and worked in the Scottish Borders for over 30 years. She was brought up on the idyllic Isle of Anglesey in North Wales, studied Design at Bournemouth College of Art and went on to study Interior Design at the London College of Furniture.

She worked as an Interior Designer and space planner for DEGW Architects in London before moving to Scotland to become a full time mother in 1982. She has exhibited in many of the Scottish Border Galleries but you can always find her work in ‘The Coldstream Gallery’ in Coldstream, Berwickshire. www.coldstreamgallery.co.uk


Often, the choice of objects for ‘still life’ is intuitive and their arrangements unconsciously and sometimes consciously symbolic.

By attending to the object’s innate simplicity and iconic uniqueness, it’s that, that is apparent in the finished result, with the paintings appearing ‘more-real’, and although they are realistic, the paintings are not smothered by the desire for photographic realism.

LANDSCAPE (Watercolour)

I was brought up in one of the most beautiful areas of the world and because it is so different, it has taken some time for the Border landscape to get into the blood. But through the eye of the artist, the heart opens and I find myself being more and more in awe with it.

The Scottish weather doesn’t lend itself to painting outside, so when I paint landscape it is usually in a contorted position in the front of a car wondering what to do with the water-jar.

I often start by drawing very loosely with masking fluid. This gets me into the blank sheet of paper before I start applying the watercolour. When the paint is completely dry I rub off the masking fluid and assess which of the white marks that are left should be softened or altered.


My love for life drawing has grown through teaching it. For the ‘Lifers’ exhibition I wrote, ‘Very occasionally it all comes together and you’re hooked; the proportions, the technique, the capture of that elusive expression of beauty in the human form’.


Sylvia Quinn Home (pron. Hume) is an artist/designer, living and working in the Scottish Borders. She was born in Meirionnydd, North Wales and brought up on Anglesey, one of seven children of Welsh and Irish parents. She left home in the late 1960’s to attend a Pre Diploma, and Environmental Design course at Bournemouth College of Art.

After college she went to live and work in Holland for two years attending a Free Art Academy part time before returning to England to find work.

She studied Interior Design at the London College of Furniture and worked with the architects D.E.G.W. as a Space Planner and Interior Designer until she married a Scot, had the first of two children and moved to the Scottish Borders to become a full-time mother. That was in the 1980’s and as her children got older she channelled her creativity through painting, at first with watercolours then acrylics and oils. She made cards and prints of her work and began exhibiting in the various Border Galleries.

In the early 90’s she began teaching Leisure Painting and later Life Drawing at the Borders College in Duns. That led to a real love of life drawing and in Aug 2012 she was instrumental in forming an exhibition of Life Drawings of her students work, her own, and the work of three other tutors from the Borders College titled ‘Lifers’ at the Christopher Boyd Gallery in Galashiels.

She now runs a private Life Drawing classes as well as Painting Workshops in the summer months.


1967 – 1971 Bournemouth College of Art Pre-Diploma + Diploma in Environmental/Exhibition Design

1972 – 1973 Psycopolis De Frei Academie Den Haag Holland Part time, open courses in Photography and Dance

1975 – 1977 London College of Furniture Higher Diploma in Interior Design and Furnishing

1977 – 1981 D.E.G.W. Architects London W1. Interior Designer and Space Planner.

2001 Own company Bassendean Arts Ltd.

2003 – 2006 ‘Paxton Painters’ group at Paxton House Hayloft Gallery

2003 Teaching at Borders College Duns/Galashiels Leisure Painting and Life Drawing

2006 Flat Cat Gallery Lauder

2007 ‘Creative Borders’ Exhibition Organiser for Arts and Crafts Exhibition at Kelso

2008 ‘Looking Outside In’ Solo Art Exhibition at Old Gala House Galashiels

2008 – 2012 Summer Painting Workshops at Cockburn Mill, Preston, Duns Berwickshire

2008 First of annual October BIG DRAW events in Coldstream Artistic director and co-ordinator at event.

2009 ‘Crossings’ Exhibition at ‘Coldstream Gallery’

2010 ‘Home From Home’ Shared exhibition with Daughter Rebecca Home Coldstream Museum

2010 Exhibited with ‘Crossing Borders’ at the Coldstream Gallery

2011 ‘Love Colour’ Coldstream Gallery

2012 Shared Summer Exhibition Coldstream Gallery

2012 ‘Lifers’ Shared Life Drawing Exhibition at ‘Christopher Boyd’ Gallery Galashiels