Ailsa Black

Illustration / Painting & Drawing • Orange Route

I paint from an airy seaside studio in the village of Carsethorn. Living in such a stunning location gives me the opportunity to capture the comings and goings of village life and to observe wildlife. See original colourful paintings and a range of creative gifts.

Images of studio
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My Practice

I trained at Gray’s School of Art where I studied Graphic Design and Illustration. Since then I have focused on an illustrative style of painting. I have exhibited nationwide and at the Royal Glasgow Institute and Paisley Art Institute. I now work with charities and companies who license my art for their merchandise. This has resulted in the creation of a wide range of products including award winning calendars and jigsaws.

Tools & Materials

I paint with the best acrylic paint on hand finished canvas board. Examples of work in progress will be on display as will sketchbooks.

Examples of work
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Spring Fling Activity

I will be focusing on creating new work for Spring Fling this year. There will also be a selection of merchandise available including prints, cards, clocks, placemats and coasters.

Studio 59


Merlin, Carsethorn, Dumfries, DG2 8DS



The studio is on the ground floor but there is a step into the garden and another into the house. Parking is across the road.


  • Toilet
  • Family Friendly
  • Parking (4 spaces)
  • Credit/debit cards accepted
  • Open through the year by appointment

Visiting my studio

I paint from an airy ground floor seaside studio. We bought and renovated the Grade B listed building during lockdown and are looking forward to opening it up for the first time. Please park opposite the studio. Parking is also available in the public car park.

Evening Openings

Wed / Thu / Fri

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