Este MacLeod’s paintings are informed by the real and the imaginary. Her background in textile and ceramic design is noticeable in the stylised, abundant and colourful forms used in still life, landscape and floral paintings. Although shapes are distorted and altered, there is a strong sense of the familiar. The variety of techniques Este uses to layer colour and shapes adds an ethereal element to her work.
Paintings are inspired by travel, nature, dreams, seasons, sentiments and thoughts as well as everyday surroundings. Working intuitively, Este allows a painting to develop over time. Observation and drawing are important parts of the creative process. By experimenting with the layering of colours, patterns, textures and mark making, and by using her trademark floral and simplified plant forms, Este’s work always retain a freshness. The creating process often involves painting over areas of detail and colour, revealing just a section of what was painted below. These vibrant and energetic artworks are presented to convey intrinsic beauty, a feeling, a memory of a place or an impression.
Este lives in Berkshire, England with her husband and teenage son. Este was born in South Africa where she studied Textiles Design, a BA Honours Degree in Ceramic Design with Glass (1st class) and Masters Degree in Contemporary Jewellery Design.
Este is represented in the United Kingdom and abroad by a selection of galleries at exhibitions and art fairs, her work is in numerous private and public collections including Chatsworth house and the South African Parliament.
In 2016 Este was nominated and shortlisted for Art and Leisure Magazine’s Artist of the Year Contest, and received the People’s favourite award.
In addition to the creation of original paintings, Este's images are used on products ranging from greeting cards, textiles, cushions and other homeware items such as napkins and needlepoint designs. Este also teaches online art and creativity courses a few times per year on www.explorecolour.com