Wednesday, 3 February 2016

A busy year

Lapwing Display

2015 was a busy year for me, and 2016 looks to be just as exciting. Last October at the Society of Wildlife Artists' Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London I was presented with the Birdwatch Wildlife Artist of the Year award, which comes with a lovely new pair of Swarovski binoculars. I was also elected as a full member of the Society.

I have finished all the artwork and text for my book "Wild Island," which is about the work of the RSPB on the Hebridean island of Oronsay. If you like the words and images in this blog, you may be interested in buying a copy when it becomes available in March 2016.

All the illustrations from the book, including the lapwing picture above, are now being framed up for an exhibition at the Scottish Ornithologists' Club gallery at Aberlady, near Edinburgh. This will open on 20th February 2016 and run until 6th April.

I will be giving a talk and selling the Wild Island book at Scotland's Big Nature Festival in May, and also giving workshops at the Colonsay Spring Festival in April.

Meanwhile, I will be kept busy by my new job for Scottish Natural Heritage as Artist in Residence at their Taynish National Nature Reserve. I'm looking forward to it all.