Art & Contemporary Art

Mhairi McGregor

Mhairi McGregor RSW was born in Paisley in 1971. She studied under and was greatly influenced by James Robertson and Barbara Rae at Glasgow School of Art, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 1993.

Throughout her career, McGregor has travelled extensively, spending time painting and exhibiting painted throughout Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA, as well as finding constant inspiration in her native Scotland, where she is currently based. She has lived and worked for various lengths of time in Italy, France, Spain, the USA, Canada and, favourite of all, Australia.

Mhairi’s paintings are included in many prestigious public and private collections such as, The Royal Scottish Academy, Fleming Holdings and Aberdeen University as well as private collections in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Germany and Portugal.

Mhairi McGregor artist portrait


David Morris

David Morris (1937-2018) was born in Knaresborough and studied painting and printmaking at Harrogate School of Art, continuing his studies in painting and sculpture at the Slade in 1959. After graduating he began part-time teaching the foundation course at Bradford College of Art. In 1963 he was employed as the full-time printmaking teacher at Harrogate College of Art.

Once David had retired from teaching he concentrated on his own work as a painter and printmaker. Etching was his preferred method, particularly aquatint.  The North Yorkshire coast and landscape provided much of his subject matter. In 2012 David’s work was purchased by the House of Lords.

Art & Contemporary Art

Ruth Ander

After completing a BA (Hons) in Illustration at the University of the West of England, Ruth has continued to evolve and hone her unique monoprint technique. She has continued to develop her work at Spike Print Studio in Bristol, making variable editions of dry-point etchings and relief prints.

Early in her career she was shortlisted for the Emerging Artist award at the Royal West of England Academy Open exhibition and won the Society of Graphic Fine Art’s Best Work in Colour. Ruth has gone on to have work exhibited in prestigious print exhibitions at the Atkinson Gallery in Somerset, The Shire Hall in Stafford and in open competitions at well-regarded venues such as the RWA.

In recent years I’ve taken part in a year long print residency at the University of the West of England’s print department and a group residency at Lizard Point in Cornwall resulting in exhibitions in London and Helston.


Ruth describes her inspiration as follows:

‘My inspiration is landscape, nature and light- often in North Somerset, the Severn Estuary, Dorset and Wiltshire- the places I know and love best, but also sometimes far away places I’ve travelled to. My motivation is to express the way I feel about these places- they move me and I want to move others.’

Ruth Ander Artist Portrait


15 June - 31 July 2023

Summer Exhibition 2023

An exhibition of over 50 new original artworks by nine Watermark Gallery artists and makers. Paintings by Colin Black, Jill Campbell, Louise Davies RE, Andrew Farmer ROI, Emerson Mayes, Tessa Pearson and Tom Wood; ceramics by Yvette Glaze and a selection of both prints and ceramics by Louise McNiff.

This summer art exhibition of work is now available to view throughout our Harrogate gallery and also on this website. It runs until the end of July 2023.


12 - 31 May 2023

Caroline Bailey

A Brush With Colour

Private View: 12th May 2023 6:00 pm

Please RSVP for this event


Browse the catalogue (by clicking on the image to the right) for our forthcoming exhibition by Caroline Bailey RSW.  This is the first exhibition that we are holding in partnership with our friends at Walker Galleries and we look forward to welcoming you to the private view on Friday 12th May. You can also view all of the works from the exhibition below on this website.

Art & Contemporary Art

Tom Wood

Tom Wood has a solo exhibition of recent still life paintings at Watermark Gallery. View the exhibition in our Harrogate gallery or online here. This exhibition runs from 6-21 October 2023.

Tom Wood was originally born in Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika in 1955 and in 1959 moved to West Yorkshire. He graduated from Sheffield School of Art in 1978 and since then his work has been exhibited worldwide. His numerous portrait commissions include paintings of Professor Lord Robert Winston and Alan Bennett, both of which were commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery. Other notable commissions have included portraits for HRH The Prince of Wales, Yale University and Cambridge University.

Tom was visiting Professor of Fine Art at the University of Leeds and is a Fellow of Sheffield Hallam University.

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Tom has also been heavily involved in the creation of The West Yorkshire Print Workshop and also the Yorkshire Printmakers in Leeds.  He was one of the first artists to have a studio at Dean Clough in Halifax and created a large studio gallery at Phoebe Mills, Halifax.

He has worked in Hong Kong as Art Adviser for The English Schools Foundation and, whilst there, was instrumental in developing art projects for gifted and talented art students, including large scale painted and digital mural projects in numerous schools. Upon returning to the UK he created the Art Academy at Redbrick Mill, Batley, where he continues to teach. He has also been featured in the BBC ‘Star Portraits’ arts programme in which he painted the actress Barbara Windsor.

Read more about Tom Wood here.

Tom Wood Artist Portrait


27 January - 18 February 2023

Small Painting Show 2023

This is our second Small Painting Show and features work by 23 UK-based artists, who have created work specially for this exhibition. All of the work included is original work in small format (less than 40 x 40cm), framed and less than £500.

As well as including work by existing Watermark Gallery artists, this year we are delighted to welcome three new artists; Henrietta Corbett, Helen Thomas and Tom Wood. We hope you’ll enjoy this fantastic opportunity to acquire a genuinely affordable piece by a favourite artist.

All prices will be available from 10am on Friday 27th January.


9 March - 8 April 2023

Pascale Rentsch

Looking for the Light

We’ve extended this exhibition ‘Looking For The Light’ until Saturday 15th April.

We hope you can come along and view the fabulous exhibition and new work from Pascale.

Pascale writes about her latest exhibition here…

“I am always looking for the light.  Not necessarily in its obvious form but more as an abstract, hidden meaning; the leaves of a bush lit by the streetlights, shining golden against the dark night sky.  Shells and stones which gleam on the dark slate seashore or the berries which glow like little embers across the grey landscape and the river flowers swaying gently with their delicate colour hues against the river’s edge.

“It’s those tiny lights that touch me and I try to hold and capture them in my paintings in a spontaneous way.  My work is an expression of my feelings of what I see and feel at that moment in time and being connected with my surrounding wholeheartedly.  They are there, the small lights, no matter how dark and dull a day might appear.

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“When we look and feel, we become connected and see those small lights right in front of us.  Those lights are magic; I paint them and take them with me.”

Pascale Rentsch RSW, February 2023

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