Obituary: Anne Scott, 95

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A renowned artist known for her colourful nature paintings and unusual dolls has died at the age of 95.

Anne Scott was born in Edinburgh in November 1919, a second daughter to sculptor Alexander Carrick and his wife, Jenny.

She attended the Mary Erskine School for Girls in the Capital, where she excelled at art and enjoyed English and history.

On leaving school, Anne spent a year abroad with a family in Switzerland, where she became fluent in French and enjoyed skiing and skating.

She continued her education at the Edinburgh College of Art, where her father was the head of sculpture, and after gaining her diploma went on to study theatre in Northampton for two years.

She got her first job as wardrobe mistress at Perth Theatre, where she was able to build on her love for the theatre and costume.

During the war she toured with the Perth Theatre around the Scottish west coast and islands, entertaining the troops stationed there.

From a very young age Anne was interested in costume, and as a child she would make dolls so that she could dress them in the clothes she had made.

She was undoubtedly influenced by her grandmother, a dressmaker from Orkney, and her father’s skills as a sculptor.

She developed her own method for making her dolls, resulting in the unique, detailed works of art that are known and admired today.

It was at the art college that she met postgraduate student Donald Scott and, in 1943, they were married at the Carricks’ home in Midlem in the Borders.

After the war, Donald joined her in Perth, where he worked as a set designer, also at Perth Theatre.

Anne and Donald both wanted to set up their own craft workshop and studio and found a suitable building in Melrose, which they converted.

The Pendstead was established and was to be the family home and workplace for 30 years.

In 1979, Anne and Donald found a Georgian house in Kelso which they fell in love with, and Walton Hall became a very special home, complete with studio, gallery and garden, where they lived and worked happily for more than 20 years.

Anne moved into Lammermuir House care home in Dunbar for the last three years of her life.

She never lost her good nature, her sense of fun and her familiar, welcoming smile.

During her life she must have made more than 2000 dolls – there is a magnificent collection of her dolls portraying scenes from the Border Ballads on display in Smailholm Tower and a further collection is on display in Melrose Abbey.

Anne, who died in Dunbar last month aged 95, is survived by four children, ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.