Effie Galletly grew up in the west of Scotland and was raised in a home where art, music and sewing were greatly encouraged. After leaving school she travelled widely as a singer songwriter followed by a period working as a music journalist, and later running her own solo music publishing company while bringing up two daughters with husband Michael Dickson, a consulting structural engineer, in Somerset, England.
Work on image making started seriously for Effie while studying music as a mature student. Focusing on composing music to image, her first wall hangings were made to show with a wind quartet she wrote as part of her studies.
About 18 years ago Effie fell in love with the landscapes of the Hebridean Islands after a first visit, and has been an enthusiastic visitor ever since. Inspired by the shape, form and colours of the place, she has amassed a body of work which has been exhibited all over the country, in Nova Scotia in Canada and in many parts of the USA.
Effie now teaches her own version of pieced landscape quilt making. She gives classes on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in the summer. She and her husband now have a home in North West Lewis where they spend as much time as they can around their other commitments.