Sylvia WishartRSA Born: 1936
Place of Birth: Stromness
Wishart was an Orkadian who always had painted. She was encouraged by artist and poet friends to attend Gray's School of Art as a mature student. She then taught in Aberdeenshire, Lewis and Orkney before taking a position at Gray's and moving to a cottage on Ythan Estuary at Howe near Tarty. It is with Orkney that she is most associated and most of her work is still on the islands. She had a studio initially on the pier at Stromness, which became the Pier Art Centre to house the collection of her great friend Margaret Gardiner. After a major refurbishment the gallery reopened with a Wishart exhibition in 2007. Her home was at Heatherybraes looking over Hoy Sound and St John's Head: a vista of fields, shores and distant cliffs which was her favourite subject.
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