Everything is divine for Aine

Roslin artist Aine Divine at the exhibition opening at the Riccio Gallery, Dalkeith
Roslin artist Aine Divine at the exhibition opening at the Riccio Gallery, Dalkeith

Roslin artist Aine Divine, a finalist in the Sky Arts Portrait of the Year competition, is displaying work at the Riccio Gallery, Dalkeith, this month.

Aine will be showing 25 paintings at the South Street venue including four from the television series. One will be a drawing of her finalist commission of Cicely Berry (89), the Royal Shakespeare Company’s former voice director.

She said competing this year was “really exciting” and she was more relaxed having taken part in the 2013 competition.

“I was more settled as I knew what to expect. I was a lot happier painting that day,” she said of the first round in Dublin. Her sitter was Neil Hannon, the lead singer with Divine Comedy.

At the semi-final stage, Aine painted Richard Dawkins, the writer and English ethologist, at the Royal Academy.

Three, including Aine, were selected for the final where she had to paint actor Sir Ian McKellen at the National Portrait Gallery.

“He was very, very good and really nice. He had already committed himself to being really still.

“He was really alert and very aware of the responsibillity of the job of sitting. I felt it was a generous performance.”

Aine was pipped in the final by artist Christian Hook from Gibralter.

However, since the programme, Aine has exhibited work at Penicuik Arts Centre, undertaken more teaching and summer school commitments, and sold her paintings of Sir Ian and Cicely Berry.