Este Macleod is mainly influenced by dreams, imagination and the environment in which she lives. Having travelled extensively over the last ten years her work has evolved and transformed reflecting her surroundings. Her paintings currently depict domestic situations, portraits and landscapes. She uses a colourful, bold style to create objects and figures distinctly characterised by her simplified style and use of distorted shapes. Form, colour and gesture are utilised to express observations of humans, their interactions and environment.
By combining shapes from familiar objects, she gives pieces new identities, yet aim to evoke memories through texture, form and colour and material.
MacLeod’s paintings are informed by the real and the imaginary. Her background in textile and ceramic design is noticeable in the stylised, abundant and colourful forms used in still life, landscape and floral paintings. Although shapes are distorted and altered, there is a strong sense of the familiar. The variety of techniques Este uses to layer colour and shapes adds an ethereal element to her work.