Marian Leven RSA is a painter, printmaker and designer. Born in Auchtermuchty, Fife, Leven studied at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. Her practice centres around the experience of living by the sea and the changeability of coastal locations. Leven is the recipient of many awards including the Noble Grossart, Scotland on Sunday Painting Prize. She lives and works in Tayport with her husband, artist Will Maclean RSA.


Marian Leven RSA: My painting is concerned with Scottish landscape and seascape, an expression of the harmony, balance and emotional interaction I experience through remembered, mythical and historic associations. The land, sea and weather absorb me. Images for my paintings are collected in the landscape and in the studio the recollection moves into interpretation and metaphor. My painting allows me to respond to this environment in the knowledge that I am part of a long history of people shaped by these conditions.