Este MacLeod’s paintings are informed by the real and the imaginary. Her background in textile and ceramic design is noticeable in the stylised, abundant and colourful forms used in still life, landscape and floral paintings. Although shapes are distorted and altered, there is a strong sense of the familiar. The variety of techniques Este uses to layer colour and shapes adds an ethereal element to her work.
Este was born in South Africa where she studied Textiles Design, a BA Honours Degree in Ceramic Design with Glass (1st class) and Masters Degree in Contemporary Jewellery Design.
In 2016 Este was nominated and shortlisted for Art and Leisure Magazine’s Artist of the Year Contest, and received the People’s favourite award.