Pinkie Maclure grew up on the north-east coast of Scotland, a prolific child artist of imaginary people and worlds. The break-up of her family took her to a different school where the art teacher, a sexist bully, made fun of her drawings and she was nicknamed 'the misfit' by pupils and teachers alike.
At 16 she gave up drawing completely and went travelling, struggling with alienating mental health and moving from squat to squat for many years.
She poured her creative energy into music and recorded 10 albums over the next 30 years. In 2000, out of financial necessity and quite by chance, she found a job assisting a friend with the making and mending of domestic stained glass windows.
Frustrated by the meaningless designs she was asked to reproduce at work, she became drawn to the strange beauty and storytelling power of medieval stained glass. From books, she taught herself to paint and fire glass and eventually started bought a sandblaster, a drill and explored a multitude of experimental techniques.
In 2013, she began to focus exclusively on personal work and discovered it could be a way out of years of emotional and artistic frustration.
Unlike other stained glass artists, the technical process is less interesting to her than the content ; darkly humorous stories and wry observations of the world emerge through her distinctive artistic approach, tackling thought-provoking , contemporary subject matter and linking the characters of the past with her own neighbours and adversaries.