Hamilton, Isobel

Isobel Hamilton grew up in Scotland, the daughter of an artist and a mathematician. She grew up playing in the woods near her house, and always drawing, painting and reading. She studied Film and Television at university, before changing career direction, studying Forensic Science, and taking a job as a fingerprint expert in Glasgow. But creativity kept calling. In 2013 she and her husband emigrated to Nova Scotia, and they now live with their cat in a little house in the woods in the Annapolis Valley.  Isobel is self-taught, working in acrylics and oils. She has had several solo shows, and her work is owned by collectors in Canada, the USA, the UK, and Europe.


I have always had an eye for detail, and grew up visiting art galleries and museums and admiring the detailed work of Renaissance painters. I do strive for a photorealistic quality to my work, but it is not the be all and end all of my painting; I also hope to convey mood and feeling. One of the things which drew us to Nova Scotia was the rural landscape; I love the quiet, being surrounded by nature, and the pure dark of night. I’m particularly interested in conveying light and darkness in my painting, in particular single light sources in a dark landscape. I love when people connect with my work, and I hope it brings a sense of calm in this 24/7 world.