Rebecca, delinquent springer spaniel owner, sea kayaker and once upon a time, landscape architect and garden designer. Formerly living in Rutland, smallest county in England,  moved to Benbecula, Outer Hebrides to work for the RSPB as project manager for Machair LIFE + in 2011.   Machair being the Gaelic for a type of arable grassland full of all sorts of rare birds, beasts and flowers.

The move to the Hebrides was a rather drastic step but the ever-faithful hound, Sprout has always been at my side. Island life is magical but it is also a tough place to live, especially in the winter.

I am happiest working on or with the land.  I was a landscape architect for twenty years and for ten of those was fortunate to work as a gardener and garden designer on farms and estates in Leicestershire while holding down a part time job as a senior LA  in the Architects Department of the Local Authority

In 2006, fulfilling a long-held dream, I began a Fine Art degree, but working part-time, studying and juggling other balls was hard going.  I left and set up the ‘working landscape’ project which led to my first solo exhibition and this blog. The ‘working landscape project’, where I drew and recorded life on local farms for a year was mentored by Rosalind Stoddart formerly of Fermyn Woods Contemporary Art.

The blog began in the hope that I would understand the work I had made and allow other brave souls a glimpse inside my head.  But it has run on and on to include more recent Hebridean chapters in my life.  

Wool is my latest adventure. Some people would say it is the coming together of all I believe in……

I‘d like to thank Ben Blackburn, ‘Mr Edge’, for designing and helping to maintain this blog.


12 Responses to “About me”

  1. 1 Bill Winter 23/09/2009 at 6:49 pm

    I think your v interesting sounding and I can’t wait to see your paintings in the flesh (canvas).

    Best wishes

    Mr Winter

  2. 3 M 26/09/2009 at 10:10 am


    you need to give that daytime job up immediately and create. Don’t let anything get in your way.

    Would like to see you develop Bossy Cow theme asap. Will buy you another half and nick your roll-ups as reward.

    Beautiful blog. You need to read Roger Deakin’s book Wildwood immediately. He would have liked you, and you him.

  3. 4 angus a macdonald 16/05/2011 at 11:21 pm

    Great to see a new specis of English bird life in the windswept Hebrides,new ideas,wild wind and water,critics,the makers of ones character,hope you dont give up start life with a harrowing time

    • 5 rebeccacottonblog 18/05/2011 at 5:10 am

      Thank you for kind words. I will need to learn to plough own furrow, but help is always appreciated. Are you responsible for mysterious fish box gift?

  4. 6 Maralyn Pickup 07/07/2011 at 11:39 am

    Are the RSPB out of their mind letting an arty farty soft southern sassenach, who doesn’t know an Eider duck from a springer spaniel loose on Benbecula, even if she is a comely lass (a bit passed it in my opinion)

    The Tree Inspector

  5. 8 Jeremy Milln 28/12/2011 at 8:57 pm

    An inspiration you are to follow your heart and soul so, and give such rein for your talents to flourish. You blog gave me much pleasure and rekindled cherished memories of you. Many thanks. J

  6. 9 Tom Landell Mills 14/03/2012 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Becky,

    Just stumbled on this . Looks wonderful!

    PS I am the owner of a one spaniel – king charles cavalier !


  7. 10 Ann Childs 14/04/2012 at 10:28 am

    hi Rebecca
    came across a paper you wrote on spiritual landscapes in China…then
    remembered our complementary therapy work together in Oak tree lane therapy centre in Mansfield (I was masquerading as a physio!). Followed your name up on google – and there you are. Wonderful to hear about your continuing adventures.


  8. 11 Henry matthew duck 31/08/2012 at 12:25 pm

    I am sitting down in the dark listening to the sound of the ocean at orewa beach nz, while my nz grandma tells me about how her family had ancestors from barra and benbecula. she tells me about flying into benbecula in a plane which is an otter. Spookily i search for these places and find this blog. Dad says hello

  9. 12 Bill Woodward 09/11/2012 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Becky,
    Carolyn and I wandering stumbled upon your island treasure. Brilliant and breathtaking.

    Here’s to serendipity!

    Hoping you are thriving and well.

    When are you next exhibiting and where ?

    Wishing you all the very very best from Chateau Canal.

    Love from Grotty Notty.

    Bill and Carolyn W.

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