Victoria Crowe studied at Kingston School of Art from 1961-65 and then at the Royal College of Art, London, from 1965-68. She worked as a part-time lecturer in the School of Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art for thirty years while developing her own artistic practice. She is a member of the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (RSW). She has shown widely throughout the UK and undertaken many important portrait commissions. Her work can be seen in university and government collections, national galleries, and a large number of private collections worldwide. She is represented in Edinburgh by the Scottish Gallery and in London by Browse and Darby. Victoria was awarded an OBE for Services to Art in 2004, and from 2004-07 was a senior visiting scholar at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. In 2009 she received an Honorary Degree from the University of Aberdeen and in 2010 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Duncan Macmillan, HRSA, FRSE, is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh. He was Director of the Talbot Rice Gallery (1979-2004), Curator of the University of Edinburgh Galleries and Collections (1988-2002), and has been an art critic for The Scotsman since 1994. He is an award-winning author and his previous publications include: 'Painting in Scotland - The Golden Age' (1986); 'Scottish Art 1460-1990' (1990); 'Symbols of Survival - The Art of Will MacLean' (1992); 'The Paintings of Stephen Campbell' (1993), 'Scottish Art in the Twentieth Century' (1994); 'Elizabeth Blackadder' (1999); and 'F.C.B. Cadell: The Life and Works of a Scottish Colourist 1883-1937' (2011).