Inspired by both abstract and figurative artists, Jennifer McRae RSA works within a sphere of studio models, personal sitters and subjects of commissioned works.


Working mainly in oil and watercolour on paper and canvas, the process of drawing remains of equal importance to painting in her practice. Her distinct style continues to be widely recognised and greatly admired. As a result, she has been commissioned to paint a number of well-known figures including Judi Dench, Michael Frayn and Sir Chris Hoy.


McRae studied painting at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen (1987-1992), followed by a year in London at the Prince’s Drawing School. Over the years she has received awards and prizes from the BP Portrait Award, the Hunting Art Prizes, the Singer Friedlander and Kaupthing Watercolour Prizes, the Morrison Scottish Portrait Award and the Worshipful Society of Painter Stainers, amongst others. McRae lives and works in Edinburgh.