Hilke MacIntyre was born in 1964 in Germany and studied at the College for Art and Architecture in Kiel. Having been awarded a diploma in architecture, she worked for various architects until she moved to Scotland in 1995 and concentrated on creating art and ceramics. She is now working as an artist near St Andrews.

‘I work in a simplified figurative style and enjoy using bold shapes, strong colours and patterns,’ Hilke MacIntyre explains. ‘The world around me, especially nature, animals and people, give me plenty ideas for pictures.

‘Particular influences are primitive art, artists of the early 20th century and contemporary design.’

Hilke’s paintings, linocuts and ceramic reliefs are exhibited in galleries throughout Britain. Her work has been selected many times for the annual show at the Royal Scottish Academy.