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Born and educated in Scotland, Mairi Stewart studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 1977. She obtained a Diploma in Secondary Teaching, continuing to paint and exhibit throughout her teaching career. She is now a professional artist, working from her Edinburgh studio and exhibiting regularly in galleries throughout the UK. Her colourful still life paintings explore the relationship that selected objects have with memory. The work is not a literal portrayal and the essence of the work is simplicity. A flattened perspective and a bold use of colour help to heighten the contemporary vision.