Curlews in the Estuary – but for how long?
Curlews in the Estuary – but for how long? This new generation of prints has the curlews’ tale scribed into the ink.
A winter’s walk along the salt marsh path as the tide rises is an experience like no other. As the water moves closer and closer so do flocks of redshanks and flings of dunlin. It is a mesmerising sight . . .
. . . and then you hear them. The stunningly beautiful calls of curlews. A stranger stops to ask what it is making that sound and you tell them the story of the curlew. A story which we must keep telling so others too can love this iconic bird. . . Then perhaps between us we can save them.
Our curlew population has halved in 20 years – what happens in the next 20 is up to us! Scribed into the ink of each print is a different aspect of the curlews’ plight.
I will add more of Curlews in the Estuary – but for how long? as I finish them.
If you want to know what exhibitions I am doing and where I have exhibited before, this is the place to find out.
As everyone knows 2020 has been disrupted by COVID-19 so planned exhibitions have changed. Art trails in my home are out as social distancing is not possible. But am hopeful that the exhibition at WWT Slimbridge will still go ahead.
Slimbridge coming soon – hopefully!
Originally due to start in June it has been delayed due to COVID-19. However, with luck this exhibition at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust HQ at Slimbridge will go ahead later this year. I am looking forward to exhibiting with Shelly Perkins again as it was such fun before. We were last together at Slimbridge in 2016, though it doesn’t seem like four years ago!
This time I will be showing my original woodcut prints as well as my paintings, so something new to see. I printed the Curlew in the Estuary series of woodcuts especially for this Slimbridge exhibition.
The Gallery at WWT Slimbridge
I have been lucky enough to exhibit at a number of venues across the UK. These exhibitions include:
- Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge in 2016
- Society of Wildlife Artists, The Mall Galleries, London
- Scottish Ornithologists Club (SOC) HQ, Aberlady near Edinburgh
- The Wildlife Arts Society International
- Cornwall Bird Watching and Preservation Society
I have also hosted a number of art trails in my home studio. These are great fun as it is an opportunity to demonstrate my work and have a chat with visitors.
The lovely gallery at the HQ of the Scottish Ornithologists Club at Aberlady
This is a special place as it is situated in a stunning and beautiful estuary.
The Mall Galleries in London
The Mall Galleries is one of the most prestigious exhibition venues so it is a great place to have your work hung. This is where the Society for Wildlife Artists (SWLA) hold their annual open exhibition. The redshank was one of the paintings selected for the exhibition.