Lorna McIntosh studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating with BA Hons in 1995 and an MFA in 1997 and was elected as a member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 2012. She has won numerous awards, including the John Kinross (1997) and Salvesen (2002) travel scholarships from the Royal Scottish Academy. In 2011, a Residencies for Scotland Award from the RSA/Creative Scotland allowed Lorna to spend three months as artist-in-residence at Balmungo House by St Andrews, the former base of the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust. 

Public collections include: Royal Academy, London, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art, Art in Healthcare Scotland, Alastair Salvesen Trust.