'Painting and printmaking: these are the breath of life to me. As a painter, I have been hugely influenced by Vincent Lines, my tutor at Art School. Later I was inspired by my Guide, Philosopher and Friend, Archie Sutter Watt with whom I used to paint during the many years I lived in Galloway. His influences, among others were William Gillies and John Piper and I feel their legacy and his all the time. Landscapes and familiar objects are my subject matter. Light in landscape is a primary interest. I love good draughtsman ship and clear colour. I seem mostly to work using mixed media; water colours, acrylics, oil pastels and ink, which are all the means to an end.'- Shirley Spottiswoode
Shirley Spottiswoode was born in Rye, Sussex in 1933. She lived in Edinburgh, teaching at the Royal Blind School whilst also attending tapestry weaving classes at Edinburgh College of Art. During the late 90's Spottiswoode became the Chairman of Friends of Shambellie Costume Museum, near Dumfries. In 2003 Spottiswoode moved to Cambridgeshire where she began printmaking: linocuts and silk screen printing. Spottiswoode also became the leader of the Rag Rug local group and an active contributor to their exhibition programme.