Isle of Bute Artists' Collective

Larraine Duquemin

Painter and Contemporary Artist



About twenty years ago, following an English degree and careers in mental health social work and education, I decided to pursue my interest in art professionally. I took a Diploma in Art and Design and an Applied Art degree.

I found that my previous experiences often influenced my art work and I was sometimes able to express visually the ideas which were going on in my head.

Recently, after many years of doing atmospheric and colourful semi-abstract work, I have returned to recurrent themes concerned with contemporary life. Ideas of perfectionism, the need to take chances, our connections with each other and the ways we communicate, the freedom to have fun!

I work in a variety of media including paint, pastels, charcoal and pen and ink. Sometimes my work is instinctive and free-floating, sometimes it is detailed and observational. I try to keep a balance between order and chaos!

My work on the Bute Studio Trail will include colourful abstracts and figurative work from past and present as well as conceptual work. I will be happy to share my process with you.


Pen and ink on watercolour paper


Inks on dyed Chinese paper

Do you know where you're going?

Inks and watercolours on hot pressed paper

Paths to Nowhere

Acrylics on canvas

Towards Glencallum

Pen and ink and watercolour on paper.

Curves at Kilchattan

Acrylics on canvas