The culmination of being Artist in Residence at Rahoy Hills National Nature Reserve, Morvern, Scotland. See the blogs below, and click here to view the GALLERY OF WORK.
As Artist in Residence, I made my first visit of several days to this unique reserve in October 2019. Following the Coronavirus lockdown measures easing, I made a further two visits in 2020 – one in August, and the last in September to conclude the residency. Wild and remote, this biodiverse area is managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Rahoy Management Committee. Today’s visual appearance, whilst being stunningly engaging artistically with endless opportunities for creative expression, has been influenced by a history of modification and management by people, at times in balance with the rest of nature, but at other times this has led to exploitation, where resources have been overused nearly to the point of exhaustion, depleting the land of vital nutrients, limiting the range of species that can live there. The dedicated people who now work at the reserve are bringing this unique area back into balance for the benefits of the plants and animals that use it as their home, and for the future generations of people who will increasingly come to understand its value and may wish to visit. In addition to adding a creative dimension to developments, part of my role was to produce artworks with a percentage of sales going to support the work of the Scottish Wildlife Trust ranger. These are now available for sale and can be viewed by going to the gallery HERE.