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How to Contact Me

If you would like details about purchasing, or to discuss commissioning a painting, please contact me by email at keith@keithtilley.co.uk

I can also be contacted through my social media profiles, if you would like to ask a question or leave a comment.

About Me

I live in Caithness, in the far North of Scotland. It is an area of wild and rugged beauty, and a remoteness that gives it a feeling almost of an island. There is also a flourishing art community.

I grew up in an artistic family in the South of England. My parents were art dealers and restorers, and my uncle was a stained-glass artist. My childhood was spent surrounded by fine art, and the materials and smells of picture-making.

My education was at a grammar school, where the emphasis was on a ‘proper’ career. As a result, I studied science and went into agricultural research. I quite enjoyed the work, but I realise now that it didn’t satisfy my need for a creative outlet. When an opportunity arose, I chose to give up a regular salary and set off on a life as an artist.

Having Scottish mother, I have always felt a connection with the culture and heritage of Scotland, and a love of mountains and wild places. Unlike many people, I have never felt strongly about my birthplace, and coming to live in Scotland seemed like a home-coming for me somehow.


Keith Tilley

I work mostly in watercolour, which I love for its simplicity. That doesn’t mean that it is an easy medium though, and I have spent many years learning how to handle it confidently. For me there is no medium that is better for conveying the subtle effects of light and weather. There is also a challenging aspect to it which I find exciting. There is something slightly scary about facing a blank sheet of white paper, and knowing that once started there is no going back. That is where confidence is essential, because any timidity will show in the final work. I paint in a traditional way and I am interested in the technical aspects of painting. I see it as a form of craftmanship, and I am aware that I am continuing in a long line of previous watercolour painters.

I have been fortunate to meet many people who have liked my art, and some are regular collectors. The largest collection has been built up by Prince Charles at the Castle of Mey, which he visits every summer. Because my work is figurative and traditional, it is attractive to people who are looking for a keepsake to preserve a memory, or for a special gift for someone else.

Testimonials

"Got my painting! It's awesome! The image on the computer just didn't do it justice. The only issue I have now is the fact I want it in my office and my wife wants it in the den. Hope your painting doesn't wind up in divorce court! Thanks again and keep them coming."
"I was fortunate to purchase two of your watercolours on a recent visit to the Castle of Mey with HRH The Prince of Wales. I am now an admirer of your work !!"
"Just to say the painting arrived today and it is fantastic. I am really pleased with it. I think it captures the scene brilliantly. Well done."
"I have received your painting yesterday and as usual very pleased with the result. You should have seen me un-packaging the parcel it was like all my Christmases rolled into one."
"Thank you for the painting, it arrived safely this morning. I can’t wait to get it framed and hung. I love your paintings, you seem to be able to capture the colours, wildness and beauty of the Scottish countryside. When I holiday in Scotland I am always sad to leave, your paintings remind me of happy times spent there."
"My daughter had tears streaming down her face and I thought something was wrong, but she told me that she was just emotional about the lovely painting that she had received".
"I have received the two pictures today and am extremely pleased with your work."
"I received painting today extremely pleased again with your work. I look forward to buying from you again, already have an idea. Thank you again for your service."
"Thank you for delivering the paintings.... very happy with them seeing them on the internet doesn't do them justice. Look forward to seeing more of your work and purchasing from you in the near future."
"Thank you so much for my painting. Its just stunning! I love it. You’ve captured the beautiful countryside perfectly – I feel I could just step into the painting. It’s going in pride of place on my lounge wall where I will be able to daydream to my hearts content."
"We thought that you would like to know that the watercolour has arrived safely. It is absolutely beautiful, and we are sure that our son will be delighted with it when we give it to him for his birthday."