This photograph of Victoria Crowe shows the artist sitting in a field bordered by an avenue of trees. It was taken at the back of Kittleyknowe in the Pentlands, where Crowe lived from 1970-90. The composition evokes something of the painters own work, with the trees and moorland appearing in many of her paintings from this period. Born in London, Crowe trained at the Kingston School of Art and the Royal College of Art. She moved to Scotland in 1968 and began teaching at Edinburgh College of Art. She is a painter of still life, interiors, landscapes and portraits, and works in oil and in watercolour. Her work is often autobiographical and visits to Italy, Madeira, Egypt and India have influenced her work. She has several portraits in the National Galleries of Scotland’s collection.