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31 AUG - 9 OCT 2019

'Interpretations' brings together four artists with a very personal take on the natural world. They aim to interpret and distil their subject while retaining its essential truth. They achieve this through the dedicated study of nature and the process of making itself, letting their chosen media lead them in this exploration.

The show will offer a mix of dynamic, expressive and celebratory interpretations of our natural world and include: metal sculptures by Helen Denerley, bold woodcuts by Greg Poole, pastels by Lara Scouller and drawings, paintings and prints by Nik Pollard.

Helen Denerley is a sculptorShe lives and works on a remote hillside in North East Scotland. Since graduating in 1977, she has worked on public and private commissions across the UK and internationally (her life-sized Giraffes standing outside the Edinburgh Playhouse will be familiar to many). Helen works in metal, she likes to leave breathing space within her sculptures to help them come alive.

Nik Pollard's work develops from sustained direct observation with work often resolved in the field. Drawing from all the senses, he tries and captures a sense of time and place. He focuses on extracting the essence of his subject, working in a wide range of media (drawing, painting and printmaking). Searching for a balance between the figurative and abstract, he explores the ambiguity and serendipity of mark-making.

Greg Poole (1960-2018). Greg's work distinguishes itself by its bold designs and graphic verve, the confidence of its line and intensity of its palette. Born in Bristol, Greg was a keen birdwatcher from childhood and studied Zoology at Cardiff University. It is his love of nature, and a desire to express it, that led him to become a leading wildlife artist.

Lara Scouller's favourite medium is pastels. Whether focusing on trees, birds or landscape, Lara works from direct observation either drawing outdoors or from Natural History collections. Since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College in Dundee in 2006, she has exhibited widely and won several awards, including the Pastel Society Young Artist Award. She lives and works in Fife.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 31 August until Wednesday 9 October 2019. Open daily, 10am to 4pm. All welcome, free entry.


SOC brings together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club’s quarterly journal, Scottish Birds.