Collared Dove i by Claire Harkess RSW


Image: 15cm x 16cm
Frame: 34cm x 35cm

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Claire Harkess RSW

Claire Harkess was born in 1970 and graduated with a BA(Hons) from Glasgow School of Art in 1993. She was elected as a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) in 2005.

She says: “Painting in watercolour offers a unique directness. The essential qualities of light and energy ever present in the natural world are the very essence of the medium itself. In search of a simplicity and beauty through the painting of a line, shape, colour, the process is immediate and instinctive. Remaining true to both medium and subject, with every brush mark visible, I strive to allow the paint the freedom to speak for itself – thus creating a dialogue between myself, the viewer and the ever evolving work.”

Claire Harkess has exhibited widely throughout the UK including Solo Exhibitions at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Queens Gallery, Dundee. Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr and Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.

Public Collections

The Walter Scott Art Collection

Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Perth and Kinross Council

Royal Scottish Geographical Society

The Dick Institute, East Ayrshire Council, Kilmarnock

Invited Artist

2014 David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, London

2004 Dunkeld Cathedral Annual Exhibition

2004 Perthshire Art Association, Perth Museum and Art Gallery

Awards/ Competitions

2014 RSW Summer Show:The Walter Scott Purchase Prize

2013 RSW Summer Show: The Fotheringham Gallery Award

2013 RSW Council Award

2011 David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year overall runner up and

Category Winner of Wildlife in Action

2010 Riverside Gallery Award, RSW

2006 SAC, Perth and Kinross Artists’ Award

2002 Windsor and Newton, RSW

2002 Exhibitor at Singer and Friedlander/ Sunday Times Competition

1996 Arches Winter Painting Competition (wildlife)

Study Visits

2010 India

2009 Kenya

2008 The Galapagos Islands

2007 St Kitts, Nevis

2006, 07 St Kilda

2006 Australian Outback

2005 Grenada, Tobago

2004 Antarctica + South Georgia

2003 Caribbean Islands: Dominica, Barbados, Trinidad, Cuba

2003 Mexico: migration of the Monarch Butterfly

2002 Letterewe Estate, Wester Ross: Commissioned paintings for book ‘A Highland Deer Herd and Its Habitat’ pbl Red Lion Press, London

2000 Australia: 3 months travelling the Eastern and Central regions

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