Darren Woodhead’s new collection of watercolours at the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club HQ in Aberlady is mostly inspired by the East Lothian landscape and its natural history, but also by recent trips to Norway to paint Scandinavian owls. By painting entirely on location, often in extreme weather conditions, Darren is able to retain the freshness and energy of working outside, calling his work “a celebration of the delicate beauty that we have on our doorstep”. Yorkshire-born, Woodhead moved to Scotland in 1996 and has lived in East Lothian for over ten years. A graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, he is considered a pre-eminent British wildlife artist with work in many public and private collections, including a commission for The Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th birthday. He has twice won the prestigious Birdwatch magazine Artist of the Year award and has demonstrated his painting techniques live on BBC TV’s Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch programmes. His painting skills have also taken him to India, Peru, Ecuador, Israel, Sark, Portugal and the Spanish Pyrenees.