Isobel Johnstone's work is full of colour and light.

War in the Ukraine aroused a strange memory for me of Edwin Muir's poem called The Horses, in which soldiers stranded in desolate fields amid rusting tractors, are visited my strange horses that offer a kind of - long lost archaic companionship - notwithstanding having been abandoned in favour of machines.

A Scottish love of colour has been an excuse to go abroad but in lockdown, where I was in Dorset, exceptional weather led me out to paint the English countryside in spite of the unfolding Covid catastrophe.
As well as garden views hollyhocks became a bit of an obsession, both for oils and a range of prints. Back in London Hammmersmith Bridge continues as a favourite local subject. I

I like pastel for working on the spot, e.g. in Venice, but oil is generally the preferred medium for still life and portraits. Print techniques include etchings, linocuts, and aquatints combined with acrylics.

To see examples of recent work, click on the images or on one of the subjects listed. Isobel is happy to arrange a viewing in her Hammersmith studio, by email or by telephone 07798 894 222. Other recent work may also be seen at the Rowley Gallery, 115 Kensington Church St, London W8 7LN or at the Russell Gallery, 12 Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1JP. Prices range from £250 to £350 for framed pastels, from £250 to £900 for paintings, and from £3o to £90 for unframed prints and drawings.


The archive page includes a broad selection of older work in reverse date order. It provides a reference collection to give a glimpse of the background and context to the works in the main part of the site.