Marion Thomson was born in 1958 and studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1976 - 78, and then at Glasgow University where she was awarded an M.A. in History of Fine Art, Drama, Film and Television. From 1981- 99 Marion worked as a Costume Designer in theatre, film and television while continuing to paint. Inspired by the Scottish landscape she says, "For as long as I can remember, the Outer Hebrides and the western seaboard of Scotland have been a source of inspiration and delight to me. The unique qualities of that landscape - its remoteness, its sense of rugged endurance contrasted with the delicacy of certain shorelines, the physical isolation of the people and their homes - all create a powerful drama that draws me back again and again."