Madeleine was born in Edinburgh in 1960. She graduated with an M.A. Hons. in Fine Art, awarded jointly in 1983 by the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art.
Madeleine works in both in oil and watercolour, and her subjects reflect her interest in plants and in the industry and architecture of fishing ports
"My watercolour paintings are created using an exacting process which involves building up washes of pigment to achieve a translucent and rich surface ideally suited to reflect the colours and textures I find in the Scottish fishing ports that appear in many of my paintings. Likewise, in my oil paintings, I exploit layers of glazes to build up strong but subtle images. I aim to explore spatial effects through drawing and tonality."
Madeleine's work has been exhibited regularly at the Royal Scottish Academy, Visual Arts Scotland and the RSW annual exhibitions as well as in public art spaces and private galleries throughout Scotland. She was awarded a Certificate of Exhibiting Excellence by the Society of Botanical Artists at its 2019 exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.