Stepping back in time with Art in Parliament

The ancient Celtic world of Scotland’s standing stones has been brought to life in the constituency office of North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins.

This month’s contribution to the Art in Parliament scheme comes from Marianna Lines whose artwork, inspired by Celtic and Pictish carved stones, has been transferred on to wall hangings, paper and even a life size replica of the Eilean Mor standing stone in The McCormick Isles on Loch Sween, Argyll.


Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Marianna has lived in Scotland for 39 years and has spent a great deal of time researching Pictish Art, an art form indigenous to Scotland.

Based in a thatched studio in Collessie, Marianna specialises in textile designs, print making, painting and gifts including greetings cards inspired by her life-long fascination with carved stones.

With extensive field work, both traditional and experimental, Marianna has developed an artistic and ecological process to capture the images in natural colour, often revealing details which have disappeared from view through erosion.

Founder of the Pictish Arts Society in Scotland, she is also a printmaker, playwright, designer and author of ‘A Traveller’s Guide to Sacred Scotland: a guide to the ancient sites of Scotland’ published by Gothic Image, Glastonbury. As well as information on the location and history of the stones, the book is a guide to Pictish stones, brochs, hill forts, stone circles and sacred wells.

Thanking Marianna for taking part in Art in Parliament, Stephen Gethins MP said: “I am delighted Marianna has chosen to show her work in the constituency office. Her work is unique and captures art in its very earliest forms.”

Marianna’s exhibition will be on show at the constituency office in Bonnygate, Cupar this month Monday to Friday during office hours. For more information on her work visit