Oil on panel
110 x 216 cm, frame size
Exhibited RSA in 1967
Halliday studied at Arbroath High School and then Dundee Art College in the 50's. From there, she went on to study at Moray House College of Education in Edinburgh. Elected to RSW in 1955. She gained successive scholarships and lectureships before becoming Principle Lecturer, Head of Art and Design at Didsbury College of Education and Manchester Polytechnic 1956-1979. She also spent an academic year as a visiting professor at State University, Buffalo, New York State from 1972/3. Halliday left full-time teaching in Manchester in 1979, but continued to teach summer schools in Alston, Hull, Lancaster and Harrogate.
She never moved far from Scottish painting and in 2002 returned to live in Arbroath. The sea coast and land around her were her constant inspiration.
The large scale of this painting would have made an impression in the Royal Scottish Academy when it was exhibited there in 1967. (Although, it is likely that it was painted earlier, as there is a label on the reverse, showing her Arbroath address). If your searching for a statement piece, full of 60's psychedelic palate and mid-century Scottish seaside vibes, then look no further!
Her work is represented in many important collections such as the Royal Collection and the Art Galleries of Dundee, Glasgow, Greenock and Salford.