Ode to Nature
This joint exhibition by Fiona Clucas and Derek Robertson demonstrates the breadth of their work both in terms of subject matter and media, including watercolour, gouache and oil painting, as well as charcoal drawings.
Fiona Clucas lives in South Cumbria and takes her inspiration from the wild places near her as well in the Lake District and Scotland. Many pieces are inspired by painting in the field, in particular at Leighton Moss, depicting the birdlife and flora of the marshland in different seasons, light, and weather, but also in her own wild garden. Her large studio drawings are a further reflection on these magical moments experienced in the wild. Above all, her work tries to capture the “spirit of a place”, the wonder at these wild spaces and the wildlife that inhabits them. Fiona obtained a BA in Fine Art from Gloucestershire College of Arts. She is a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists.
Derek Robertson is well known to the SOC community. A member of the SOC himself, he has exhibited at Waterston House many times. In this exhibition, he presents work from different series inspired by diverse habitats such as the Isle of May, Skye, and the Tay Reed beds which he has studied for a long time. In particular, he obtained a grant from the SOC for a study of Water Rails there which he is in the process of writing. In addition, the exhibition will include pieces from his book project Bho Bheul an Eòin which created Gaelic names for species of animals and plants newly established in Scotland. Since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College in Dundee, Derek has gained a reputation as one of Scotland’s foremost wildlife artists. He is also a respected amateur ornithologist and bird ringer and his notes and studies have been published in several scientific journals. He divides his time between his studios in Fife and on the Isle of Skye.
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