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Guest Blog Post: Mel Ross

Posted 11/03/20 by Charlotte Mountford

Each month Lyth Arts Centre showcases the artwork of three local artists, in collaboration with the Society of Caithness Artists. As part of my HNC Business course at North Highland College I have been undertaking work experience at Lyth Arts Centre and have been asked to pick the artist that stood out the most to me and write a blog about them.


I chose to write about Stuart Mingham and his paintings as they really caught my eye in the arts centre with their bright colours and realism. I also love the rural scenery in Scotland and he captures it really well.


Stuart Mingham is an artist born in Lancashire, 1952. He is self-taught and has drawn and painted for as long as he can remember. He continued art in school up to A-level and achieved an honours degree in biological sciences, then a post graduate certificate in education. While he was studying, he made some pocket money by drawing people’s caricatures for their birthdays and by painting.


He spent part of his life in Africa from mid 70’s-1999 in various different areas, in which he used his artistic skills there to create a series of 75 flashcards for them to use in AIDS education in schools and villages.


He then returned to the UK in 1999 where he then became a self-employed artist. He finished over 100 watercolour paintings of Scottish Landscapes, and has done several commissions with acrylic and watercolour, of people’s homes and pets. He has also illustrated 11 books for Christian focus publications in Tain.


He has recently built his own website so he has a worldwide show case for his artwork. All available paintings are on his website as well as a biography and background information about his business. He also has a Facebook and Twitter account to advertise and promote his paintings and for people to find him easier.


He mainly paints landscapes of rural areas such as mountains, hill, castles & cottages and rivers & lochs. He also includes a map of where this location is so you can find it yourself. He adds his own twist to these landscapes by adding more interesting colours and sometimes moving things around.


Beach Pebbles


My favourite painting by him is the ‘beach pebbles’. This is because it is a close up which captures a lot of detail and has really interesting patterns and colours.


You can see Stuart Mingham’s work along side other local artists Don Clarke and Nicola McLean on the walls of Lyth Arts Centre until the end of March. All the artworks are also for sale.