SOC HQ, Waterston House

Date: 16 September 2017 - 15 November 2017
Time: 10am-4pm
Price: Free entry

Waterston House is delighted to welcome back renowned wildlife artist, Keith Brockie, for an exhibition of new work.

Originally from Haddington, East Lothian, Keith has spent many years sketching in Aberlady Bay, Gullane Point, North Berwick, the Bass Rock and Musselburgh Lagoons, particularly as a young artist when he began combining his love of wildlife and painting in his now characteristic annotated sketches and watercolour paintings. He has since travelled far and wide, observing and recording the wildlife of such varied parts of the world as Scandinavia, North Yemen, Tanzania, India and North America but he has never lost interest in the flora and fauna of Scotland, particularly loved for the rich coastal wildlife and the large colonies of seabirds found here.

Keith was educated at Bell Baxter High School, Cupar, Fife. In 1978, he graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, and after a short period working as an illustrator with Dundee Museums and Art Galleries, he became a freelance artist specialising in wildlife. Since then, he has had seven books published featuring his own work, Keith Brockieʼs Wildlife Sketchbook, 1981; One Man’s Island, 1984; The Silvery Tay, 1988; Mountain Reflections, 1994; Cuaderno de Campo de la Naturaleza Espaniola, 1995; Drawn from Nature, 1995; Return to One Man’s Island, 2012. He has also collaboratively or wholly illustrated many other books including Rural Portraits, 2003, featuring the native farm animals of Scotland and the characters involved with them. A film “One Manʼs Island” featuring his work on the Isle of May was shown on the BBC 2 “World About Us” series in 1984.

Keith’s love of the natural world has led him to be actively involved in wildlife conservation, in particular in the successful efforts to re-establish the Osprey in Scotland. He has taken part in expeditions to Greenland and Svalbard as assistant leader with the British Schools Exploring Society, teaching about wildlife and field sketching. Working with groups of artists, he has participated in environmental awareness projects (Artists for Nature Foundation) in Schiermonikoog, Netherlands; Biezbra Valley, Poland; Copper River Delta, Alaska; Briere
Marshes, Loire, France; Hula Valley, Israel; and the Society of Wildlife Artists Atlantic Oakwoods (Ardnamurchan) project.

He lives with his wife Hazel in the village of Fearnan, on the shores of Loch Tay, Perthshire, where he has a studio and gallery featuring his own work.

Keith’s work is showing at Waterston House from Saturday 16th September – Wednesday 15th November 2017. The centre is open daily 10am-4pm and entry is free.

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