Evelyn Peffers was born in Hawick in 1939, was schooled in Edinburgh and attended Edinburgh College of Art.
Rip Fleming was born in Antrim, Northern Ireland in 1938. Following his graduation in Architecture from Queen’s University, Belfast, Rip won a scholarship to study for a Diploma in Town Planning at Edinburgh Art College and it was there that he and Evelyn met.
Following Edinburgh, Evelyn and Rip moved first to Balbeggie, Angus and then to the outskirts of Tayport in Fife. Rip lectured in Town Planning at Dundee School of Architecture and Town Planning. In 1975 Rip formed the Architectural practice Rip Fleming and Associates in Dundee.
In the early 1990’s, Evelyn and Rip moved to Ullapool and lived on Isle Martin for several years before moving closer to the village. With their children having flown the nest, Rip and Evelyn were now able to devote more time to their respective arts; capturing the local scenery in watercolour and oil paintings, working on commissions for heads and other sculptures. Rip and Evelyn were often spotted far beyond Ullapool working from their converted camper van and mobile studio.
Both Evelyn and Rip were determined, irrepressible free spirits, creative, elegant and adventurous. Over the years they travelled extensively across Europe, North Africa and Asia; in their own way and on their own terms, carrying their sketch books everywhere they went and documenting their travels with pencil and paint as much as with camera.
Horses and dogs were a constant feature throughout Evelyn and Rip’s lives and consequently, horses and dogs are a regular theme in their work.
Throughout their careers, Evelyn and Rip have exhibited their work in numerous venues including at the Royal Scottish Academy. In early 2000 Rip was invited to exhibit his watercolour paintings in the USA. Evelyn has three portrait heads that remain on show at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery; poet, Sorley Maclean, cricketer, James Allan and the writer, Alexander McCall Smith.
The works presented at this exhibition cover over fifty years of Evelyn and Rip’s life and work.