Pauline has many influences for her work but she is particularly interested in the work of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Finding their use of symbolism, hidden meaning, rich colour and fine detail areas which she would like to emulate in her work. A recent trip to Italy to view Renaissance art and artchitectue has given Pauline new ideas for compositions and layouts.

Inspirations for painting:

Pauline was selected for the Japan Foundation Secondary School Teachers’ Study Tour of Japan in 1999 and decided to develop a series of paintings which had a distinct oriental feel. She incorporated images and scenes from Japan enclosing them within shapes of ginger jars, teapots, pagodas, etc to make unusual compositions. At this time she created many Japanese-themed still-life paintings which had intricate designed fabric, delicate patterned crockery and objects brought back from her travels to Japan.

More recent work, although similar in style to the oriental themed work, includes subjects closer to home relating to her love of her home city of Dundee.  Inspiration comes from her childhood memories, family history, the history of Dundee, architecture, songs and stories about Dundee. Pauline researchers Dundee’s history and explores the vernacular architecture combining them to create imaginative and interestingly painted compositions. Lately, she has included a crossover from Italian Renaissance art with intention to include the illusion of a frame around the images, developed using details from decorative architecture to create and rotate around the design of the imitation frame, encourage the viewer to focus on the narrative enclosed within and not to take the paintings at face value.


2022 – Group Exhibition - Sketchbook at Dundee Art Society

2019 – “My Dundee” Solo Exhibition University Dundee Botanical Gardens

2019 – Ongoing Exhibition - “Dundee Paintings” Solo Exhibition at the Little Theatre Dundee

2018 - Maggie's Penguin Parade, Dundee

2017 - Present - Group Exhibitions - Sketchbook Botanic Gardens

2015 - Present - Solo Exhibition - Little Theatre Dundee

2014 - Present - Group Exhibitions - Monifieth Art Society

2014 -  Joint  Exhibition - The Parrot Café, Dundee

2010 - Group Exhibition - Craft & Painting - Winsor Gallery Dundee

2010 - Group Exhibition - Craft & Painting - Dundee West Café Arts

2007 - Solo Exhibition - Parrot Café, Dundee

2007 - Group Exhibitions - Jam Gallery, Dundee

2006 - Group Exhibition - Tartan Coffeehouse, Dundee

2005 - Joint Exhibition - Metzo Restaurant, Perth

2004/2011 - Group Exhibitions - Dundee Art Society


July - Sept 2018 - Maggie's Penguin Parade Dundee - Penguin Commission for Dundee Football Club


Monifieth Art Society -

2019 - Voted best picture in the March exhibition for the drawing, "The Dundee Suffragette"

2017 - Winner of painting in the style of Franz Marc at Monifieth Art Society

2016 - Winner of painting in the style of James Guthrie at Monifieth Art Society

2017 - 2020 - Member of Monifieth Art Society Committee

Friends of Magdalene Green -

2005 & 2007 - Xmas Card Design for Friends of Magdalene Green.

Dundee Art Society Painting Competitions:

2010 - Winner of the Harry Vaughan Dundee Painting Prize - For Painting “View from Close"

Recent Articles –

“Courier” Dundee Edition – 23 Aug 2019 – article relating to “My Dundee” Exhibition at the

University of Dundee Botanical Gardens.




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Pauline will be at the following craft fayres in the lead up to Christmas.

Items for sale, a range of cards for Christmas in the “Snowy Dundee”, Everyday cards, “My Dundee” Calendars, Felted Items, Hand Painted Brooches and the odd bit of knitting.

Pauline is taking part in lots of craft fayres..... Look on the News page for more information.

Can’t manage any of the fayres contact Pauline directly if there is anything you would like.

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Pauline is going to be taking part in Inktober……

Head over to Pauline Lavery Art on Facebook or @pauline.lavery on Instagram to join in the fun!