Lilian Neilson

Born: 1938
Place of Birth: Kirkcaldy
Died: 1998

Lilian Neilson, always known as Lil, studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art from 1956-60, including a summer school at Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, where she met life long friend Joan Eardley. She completed a post-diploma year, tutored by Hugh Crawford and Alberto Morroco in 1960-61 and was awarded a travelling scholarship to France and Italy in 1961-62. On her return she joined Joan Eardley in Catterline and, like many other painters and visitors, Lil became enthralled with the place, buying a cottage at No. 2 South Side after Joan’s death in August 1963. Neilson looked at similar subjects to Eardley and used the same approach, with perhaps even more emphasis of texture. She was also to produce some monumental paintings with a broad brush approach, freely painted, perhaps owing much to her other profession as a set designer.