Fiona Mackenzie was born in Inverness and spent her childhood in the Highlands. She is now based in Wester Ross, the wilderness of the area providing much of the inspiration for her work. She engages with the spirit of the place and this closeness to nature allows her to sketch directly from her surroundings, in paint, inks, or pencil. Sometimes using these as the basis for larger works which she develops in her studio.
Her early career focused primarily on private commissions. Later exhibiting widely in galleries across Scotland and in London.
Her influences are wide ranging with inspiration from poetry and more recently, with a visit to Japan after which she was moved to work in line and wash inks, and which fired an enthusiasm for engraving. In 2019 this interest led to Fiona receiving a grant from The Rawlinson Trust through The Wood Engraving Society.