After regularly visiting the Isle of Skye for nearly twenty years David Collins and Emma Siedle-Collins moved to the island, which lies just off the West Coast of mainland Scotland, in 1999 and set up Heaven's Ocean artstudio in Sleat, the southern peninsula of Skye, also known as 'the Garden of Skye'.
The studio is on the shore overlooking Camuscross Bay, near Isle Ornsay, with spectacular views across the Sound of Sleat to Beinn Sgritheall and Sandaig on the mainland where Gavin Maxwell lived and wrote Ring of Bright Water.
the Studio is open everyday from Easter to October at any reasonable time (!) and by appointment during the winter months.
Please see Contact Us page for directions.
We also have a double room with a sea view available for bed & breakfast - please click here for full details.
David spent nearly twenty years working as a lawyer in London before exchanging a life of commuting and conveyancing for one a little less stressful, though no less busy!!
A self-taught artist, David works mainly in watercolour and his principal subjects are the landscapes of the West Coast of Scotland and the Hebrides, in particular, the mountains and coastline of Skye and the Small Isles of Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna. The medium of watercolour lends itself to the fine mountain and coastal scenery, which, combined with the rare quality of the light and the strong weather characteristic of the Hebrides, are the elements David endeavours to capture in his paintings
Exploring the shores of Skye through the eyes of her children gave Emma a love of driftwood & found objects. This developed into an interest in creating driftwood mirrors and mixed media collage using organic and reclaimed materials to decorate them. Sculptural pieces of driftwood are either polished for use inside or left natural for garden decoration.
Emma's handmade greetings cards are a unique range using pressed flowers from her garden, textured papers, wire shapes, feathers, inked stamps and embriodery, beads and pendants - no card is identical!
Please click on the relevant icon in the menu to view the on-line galleries of watercolour paintings, driftwood pieces and handmade cards.