Mardi's paintings of Scottish landscapes - often empty wild places - are created using various types of paint but always with the same dreamy, soft brushstrokes giving the impression of wind and light on the land.
Mardi Barrie was born in Kirkcaldy in 1931. She studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University. Since 1963 she has exhibited regularly in solo shows whilst also teaching at Broughton High School. In 1983 she exhibited her work at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, where she used the palette-knife to simplify shapes and turn them into abstractions. She paints landscapes and interiors and works mainly with oils, responding to the harmony of mood and colour. Her work mixes tension and excitement and at the same time provides a sense of space and place. Many music lovers and musicians are attracted by the lyrical qualities of her work. Her paintings are held in numerous public and private collections, most notably that of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.