Harkess, Claire

Elected to RSW 2005

Artists Statement

Beginning in the Natural World - Birds, Wildlife, Landscapes - Timing is everything. Patience of watching & waiting is crucial both in gathering material & back in the studio. To know when to paint is good - to know when not to is better.


Recently drawn to fragile lands (St Kilda, Antartica, Outback Australia, Galápagos) where survival is difficult & the balance of life is delicate. Stripped back to essentials, the paintings seek a balance - Emptiness & Life: Stillness & Flight: Space & Energy


2002 - Windsor & Newton, RSW
2006 - Perth & Kinross Artist Award

Selected Exhibitions

2009 - The Strathearn Gallery 'Worn Tracks, New Marks - Kenya'
2008 - The Scottish Gallery 'Galápagos'
2007 - Plockton Gallery 'St Kilda'
2005 - The Strathearn Gallery 'Antartica'
2004 - Maclaurin Gallery 'Outback & Beyond'
2000 - Tolquhon Gallery, Aberdeenshire
1998 - Artist in Residence, Edinburgh Zoo

Public Collections

Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Royal Scottish Geographical Society

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