Lorna Edmiston was born in Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1980. She studied Drawing and Painting under James D. Robertson and Barbara Rae. As a student, her work was selected for exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, and she was elected a member of the Glasgow Society of Women Artists. In 1981, she completed a postgraduate year at Jordanhill College of Education, and began teaching in Glasgow.
She lectured at the Arts University Bournemouth (formerly Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design) from 1988-2002, and Bournemouth University from 1997-2007. During this period, she continued to paint and exhibit in solo and group exhibitions.
In 2007, she moved to Cardiff, where she tutored as a part-time lecturer. In 2018, she left teaching to work full-time as a professional artist.
Lorna Edmiston’s painting is a response to landscape: the subject of landscape is the starting point to engage with colour and paint in the studio. She works from a combination of observation and memory, with an intuitive personal vision.
The west of Scotland and the deserts of the American Southwest have been a rich source of inspiration, and since living in Wales, the Pembrokeshire coastline has provided the subject matter for recent paintings. Her current work is based on locations from Brittany, west Wales and the Jurassic coast in Dorset.
Her painting resides in the area between figuration and abstraction, with the sensuous use of colour belonging to a long established tradition in Scottish art.
Her work is held in private collections in the UK and USA.