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Born of Scottish parents in Portsmouth in 1978, Zanna took a Foundation Course in Art and Design at Winchester School of Art in 1996-7. She has lived and worked in Scotland for all her adult life. Graduating with an MA (hons) History of Art & Spanish from Edinburgh University in 2001, Zanna kept her passion for painting and after working in a gallery for three years, she committed herself to painting full time.

At Leith School of Art she learnt to paint with beeswax and much of her work is in this medium, with raw ground pigments and sometimes mixed with oil. In recent years, her very fine watercolours and drawings have come to the fore, often vigorous, yet showing a delicacy of touch.

Zanna has had public exhibitions at the Society of Scottish Artists; The Royal Scottish Academy; The Royal Glasgow Institute; the Paisley Art Institute at the Paisley Museum. She has become a highly collectible artist, and her work is held in private collections in the U.K., America, Austria, France, South Africa, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

“I have lived and worked in Scotland since 1997 and am hugely excited by the special light and changing atmosphere experienced here. Scotland’s rich variety of landscapes and wildlife provides a wealth of inspiration and I approach my work experimentally, reducing it to its essentials, one painting being the starting point for the next.”

Solo Exhibitions:
2021 'Road to the Isles' The Watermill, Aberfeldy
2020 'Ebb and Flow' Lime Tree Gallery, Bristol
2009 ‘Highlands and Islands’ Compass Gallery, Glasgow
2009 ‘In Pursuit of Landscape’ The Watermill, Aberfeldy
2016 ‘Travelling the Crieff Road’ The Watermill, Aberfeldy


2007 David Cargill Senior Award from the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts
2007 Short-listed for the Inverarity one to one Travel Award
2007 Jamieson Award, Paisley Art Institute

Public Collections:

Strathclyde University

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