"Iona Leishman is a committed and talented woman, whose professionalism suggests only increased recognition of her capabilities in the foreseeable future. In a harsh national economic climate Iona is an excellent arts ambassador to suggest to Historic Scotland, through whom the concept of Residency Projects may be further explored for other Scottish artists. Iona will work beautifully with Historic Scotland to create a holistically educational visitor experience to match the steadfast reputation and current service ambitions of this national organisation. At the same time we may be certain, Iona's painterly responses to both the contemporary environment and history of Stirling Castle will bear stirring and sensitively executed fruits."
Dr & Mrs S Smalley, Kansas USA
"Some random sweetnesses about Autumn Canopy: we think it magnificently beautiful and so lyrical. We love the texture and the scene captures for us the emotional feel of our experience.
We think a lot of your paintings explore some of our favorite artists themes. Some explore themes of Cezanne obviously - though with so much more attractive color and themes. Others, have themes from Fauvism and so forth. I'm sure you are exploring these ideas but we like how you reiterate and employ the themes and techniques and apply them in such a unique and - for us this is most important - visually beautiful and emotionally connecting fashion."
M Clements, Auchterarder
"Iona Leishman is a rising star in the Scottish landscape scene and the originality of her work not only marks her out as an artist who we will hear more and more about in the future but her pictures are a delight to hang in one's house and will surely be an excellent investment in times to come."
The University of Stirling
51st Scottish Brigade Officers’ Mess, Stirling
Davey Kirk CBE