Ken MacLennan was born in the crofting village of Badluarach in Wester Ross. After moving to Dingwall he went on to study ‘Drawing and Painting’ at Edinburgh College of Art. He entered the teaching profession after leaving Moray House College of Education. Ken taught in Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Plockton and until recently was Principal Teacher of Art & Design at Milne’s High School in Fochabers. He has now retired to paint full-time from his home in Fochabers.
Ken has developed a distinctive style of painting with his use of vibrant colours and textures. His carefully composed landscape and coastline paintings express a feeling of drama and atmosphere. He paints scenes throughout the country but more recently he has returned to landscape of his childhood at Little Loch Broom where he has tried to capture its particular timeless quality.
Throughout the work there is an emphasis on draughtsmanship and structure. Colour hues and values are investigated and expressed in an energetic and painterly manner. The sky often dominates the paintings with bold brushstrokes to express the form and movement in the clouds.