Claire Harkess: Miniature Menagerie at the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh continues her observations in watercolour of the frequent animal visitors in and around her home in Perth. She says, ‘I return again and again to wildlife and the natural world. It surprises and inspires. No two encounters are the same. Being present in something greater gives perspective. There is always something new to learn. It is as an anchor that holds all of us and it must be protected.’ In recent years Claire’s painting has taken her to fragile lands – Antarctica, the Australian outback, St Kilda – to study and interpret life on the edge, where extreme environments make survival difficult and the balance of life delicate.
Among the Gallery’s other exhibitions closing on the 24th September are painter Ross Ryan’s Crinan to Catterline, painter Matthew Draper’s Kitchen Window, wood sculptor Anthony Bryant’s From Trengwainton to Godolphin via Tremenheere, and jeweller Tania Clarke Hall’s On the Edge.