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Claire Harkess

RSW
b.1970

Sunrise Song, 2023

watercolour
H:103cm W:60cm
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Blossom and Birdsong, 2023

watercolour
H:14-22cm W:15-18cm
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With Yellow Breast and Head of Solid Gold, 2023

watercolour
H:76cm W:56cm
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Coal Tit and Willow Leaves, 2023

watercolour on Sekishu paper
H:20cm W:22cm
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Coals in Willow, 2023

watercolour on Sekishu paper
H:96cm W:64cm
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Wisteria Blue, 2023

watercolour on grass paper
H:42cm W:42cm
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Wagtail I, 2023

watercolour
H:14cm W:19cm
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Wagtail II, 2023

watercolour
H:14cm W:18cm
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Summer Gold, 2023

watercolour
H:76cm W:56cm
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Spring Magnolia I, 2023

watercolour on grass paper
H:18cm W:14cm
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Early Spring, 2023

watercolour on grass paper
H:42cm W:35cm
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Spring Magnolia III, 2023

watercolour and gold leaf on grass paper
H:12cm W:12cm
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Coal and Camelia I, 2023

watercolour, ink and collage on grass paper
H:15cm W:10cm
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Garden Blossom, 2023

watercolour, gold leaf and collage
H:26cm W:42cm
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Coal and Camelia II, 2023

watercolour on grass paper
H:15cm W:10cm
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Coal and Camelia III, 2023

watercolour, ink, gold leaf and collage
H:30cm W:16cm
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Coal and Camelia IV, 2023

watercolour, ink, gold leaf and collage
H:23cm W:22cm
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Autumn Twilight, 2023

watercolour
H:56cm W:76cm
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Gathering Waxwings, 2023

watercolour
H:94cm W:71cm
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Sea Spear I, 2023

watercolour
H:19cm W:14cm
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Gannets, Bass Rock, 2023

watercolour
H:19cm W:22cm
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Sea Spear II, 2023

watercolour
H:19cm W:28cm
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Dive II, 2023

watercolour on Xuan paper
H:48cm W:69cm
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Isle of May I, 2023

watercolour and ink on grass paper
H:47cm W:31cm
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Isle of May Puffin, 2023

ink and collage
H:18cm W:13cm
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Great’s Shadow, 2023

watercolour and ink on Xuan paper
H:30cm W:30cm
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Kintsugi Rose, 2023

watercolour and gold leaf
H:19cm W:29cm
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Waxwing, 2023

watercolour and ink
H:22cm W:30cm
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Early Magnolia, 2023

watercolour
H:10cm W:10cm
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Bullfinch, 2022

watercolour
H:7.5cm W:11cm
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Coal in the Orchard, 2022

watercolour
H:17cm W:11cm
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Coal Tit, 2022

watercolour
H:16cm W:11cm
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Garden Blue, 2022

watercolour
H:12.5cm W:17.5cm
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Little Blue I, 2022

watercolour
H:15cm W:10cm
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Little Blue II, 2022

watercolour
H:10cm W:7.5cm
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Wren, 2022

watercolour
H:10cm W:7.5cm
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Garden Flock: Wren I, 2021

watercolour
H:7cm W:10cm
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Garden Flock: Bullfinch & Berries I, 2020

watercolour
H:7cm W:10cm
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Garden Flock: Bullfinch & Berries II, 2020

watercolour
H:10cm W:7cm
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Garden Flock: Burst of Spring, 2021

watercolour
H:9cm W:12cm
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Garden Flock: Tulip & Crow, 2020

watercolour
H:7cm W:10cm
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Garden Flock: Great Tit, 2021

watercolour
H:7cm W:10cm
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November Rosehips, 2021

watercolour
H:18cm W:18cm
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Dusk at the Old Oak, 2021

watercolour
H:17cm W:17cm
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April Blossom, 2021

watercolour
H:14cm W:19cm
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Warbler, 2021

watercolour
H:14cm W:19cm
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Garden Flock: Dove, 2020

watercolour
H:7cm W:10cm
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Garden Flock: Spring Robin, 2020

watercolour
H:10cm W:7cm
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Garden Flock: Great Tit & Camellia, 2021

watercolour
H:10cm W:7cm
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Edge of the Woodland, 2021

watercolour
H:21cm W:21cm
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Garden Flock: Wren II, 2021

watercolour
H:10cm W:10cm
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Garden Flock: Spring Song, 2021

watercolour
H:7cm W:10cm
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Garden Flock: Barn Owl, 2021

watercolour
H:10cm W:7cm
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Garden Flock: Chaffinch III, 2020

watercolour
H:10cm W:7cm
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Garden Flock: Chaffinch II, 2020

watercolour
H:10cm W:7cm
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Garden Flock: Goldfinch I, 2020

watercolour
H:7cm W:10cm
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Garden Flock: Blue, 2020

watercolour
H:10cm W:7cm
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Garden Flock: Coal and Cone, 2020

watercolour
H:10cm W:7cm
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Bees for Ukraine IX by Claire Harkess, 2022

pencil and watercolour on paper (unframed)
H:14cm W:9cm
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Bees for Ukraine X by Claire Harkess, 2022

pencil and watercolour on paper (unframed)
H:14cm W:9cm
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Bees for Ukraine XI by Claire Harkess, 2022

pencil and watercolour on paper (unframed)
H:14cm W:9cm
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Bees for Ukraine XII by Claire Harkess, 2022

pencil and watercolour on paper (unframed)
H:14cm W:9cm
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Bees for Ukraine XIII by Claire Harkess, 2022

pencil and watercolour on paper (unframed)
H:14cm W:9cm
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Bees for Ukraine XIV by Claire Harkess, 2022

pencil and watercolour on paper (unframed)
H:14cm W:9cm
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Bees for Ukraine XV by Claire Harkess, 2022

pencil and watercolour on paper (unframed)
H:14cm W:9cm
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Bees for Ukraine XVI by Claire Harkess, 2022

pencil and watercolour on paper (unframed)
H:14cm W:9cm
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Bees for Ukraine V by Claire Harkess, 2022

pencil and watercolour on paper (unframed)
H:14cm W:9cm
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Bees for Ukraine VI by Claire Harkess, 2022

pencil and watercolour on paper (unframed)
H:14cm W:9cm
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Bees for Ukraine VII by Claire Harkess, 2022

pencil and watercolour on paper (unframed)
H:14cm W:9cm
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Bees for Ukraine VIII by Claire Harkess, 2022

pencil and watercolour on paper (unframed)
H:14cm W:9cm
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Bees for Ukraine III by Claire Harkess, 2022

pencil and watercolour on paper (unframed)
H:14cm W:9cm
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Bees for Ukraine IV by Claire Harkess, 2022

pencil and watercolour on paper (unframed)
H:14cm W:9cm
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Honeysuckle Shadow, November, 2021

watercolour, collage & 23.5 carat gold leaf
H:32cm W:38cm
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Treecreeper Quietly Climbing, 2021

watercolour & collage
H:24cm W:30cm
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Song from the Hedgerow, 2021

watercolour
H:26cm W:31cm
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Perthshire Red, 2021

watercolour
H:22cm W:30cm
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Coal Tit in Apple Tree, 2021

watercolour, collage & 23.5 carat gold leaf
H:18cm W:24cm
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Last of the Rowan Berries, 2021

watercolour
H:56cm W:76cm
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Wee Badger, 2021

ink
H:10cm W:10cm
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Coal and Camellia, 2021

watercolour, collage and 23.5 carat gold leaf
H:23cm W:14cm
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A New Year, Jan 1st, 2022

watercolour
H:70cm W:105cm
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A Moment’s Pause, Treecreeper, 2021

watercolour and collage
H:18cm W:24cm
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Bullrush Blues II, 2021

ink & watercolour
H:30cm W:45cm
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Summer Song, 2021

watercolour
H:20cm W:22cm
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Favourite Branch I, 2021

ink and watercolour
H:30cm W:45cm
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Sway, Blue Tit in Reedbed III, 2021

ink & watercolour
H:30cm W:21cm
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Dog Rose in July, 2021

watercolour
H:18cm W:18cm
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Glimpse at the Riverbank, 2021

ink and watercolour
H:30cm W:21cm
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Sway, Blue Tit in Reedbed II, 2021

ink & watercolour
H:22cm W:30cm
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The Buzz of Midsummer, 2021

watercolour
H:63cm W:95cm
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Sway, Blue Tit in Reedbed I, 2021

ink & watercolour
H:30cm W:21cm
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Finch and Birthday Rose, 2020

watercolour
H:19cm W:27cm
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Goldfinch by the Feeder, 2021

ink & watercolour
H:29cm W:20cm
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Bullfinch III, 2021

watercolour
H:20cm W:20cm
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Visiting Coal, 2021

watercolour
H:29cm W:20cm
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Bullfinch II, 2021

watercolour
H:20cm W:20cm
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Breeze, 2021

watercolour
H:22cm W:30cm
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Bullfinch and Rosehips, 2021

watercolour
H:22cm W:15cm
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Last Berry, Waxwing, 2021

watercolour
H:13cm W:14cm
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Bullfinch I, 2021

watercolour
H:20cm W:20cm
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Kintsugi Rose I, 2021

watercolour & 23.5 carat gold leaf
H:11cm W:15cm
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The Hollyhock and the Snail, 2021

watercolour
H:63cm W:95cm
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Autumn Hydrangea and Wren, 2021

watercolour
H:45cm W:88cm
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October Rose, 2021

watercolour, collage & 23.5 carat gold leaf
H:30cm W:30cm
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Japanese Anemone, My Father’s Garden, September, 2021

watercolour & 23.5 carat gold leaf
H:69cm W:138cm
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Early Morning in March, 2021

watercolour
H:30cm W:35cm
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Little Blues, 2020

watercolour
H:13cm W:10cm
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Mid-Summer Evening, 2020

watercolour
H:15cm W:20cm
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Evening Forage, 2020

watercolour
H:12cm W:21cm
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Red, 2020

watercolour
H:12cm W:16cm
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Wren, 2020

watercolour
H:14cm W:11cm
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Bullfinch, 2020

watercolour
H:10cm W:15cm
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Coal & Cones, 2020

watercolour
H:10cm W:15cm
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Little Red, 2020

watercolour
H:15cm W:10cm
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Oystercatchers, 2020

watercolour
H:12cm W:16cm
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Ice Bear: Stalk, 2016

watercolour on Chinese paper
H:37cm W:37cm
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Nuts, 2020

watercolour
H:30cm W:25cm
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Eider, 2016

watercolour
H:16cm W:21cm
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Barnacle Goose, 2016

watercolour
H:16cm W:21cm
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Autumn Slopes, Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, 2016

watercolour
H:16cm W:21cm
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Sea Study I, 2016

watercolour
H:16cm W:21cm
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Sea Ice Hunter, 2016

watercolour
H:53cm W:73cm
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Norse Poets: The Rider of Icebergs, 2016

watercolour
H:74cm W:54cm
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Norse Poets: The Seal’s Dread, 2016

watercolour
H:74cm W:54cm
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Little Auks, Hyttevika, 2016

watercolour
H:58cm W:82cm
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Ice Pool, 2016

watercolour
H:57cm W:81cm
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Bullfinch, 2020

ink and watercolour
H:18cm W:14cm
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City Grey, 2020

ink
H:12cm W:13cm
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Local Badger, 2020

ink
H:10cm W:14cm
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Squirrel Leap, 2018

watercolour
H:27cm W:41cm
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Chaffinch, 2018

watercolour
H:30cm W:21cm
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Beaver Feeding, 2018

watercolour
H:23cm W:20cm
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Deer Study IV, 2018

watercolour
H:20cm W:22cm
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Diver, 2018

watercolour
H:23cm W:25cm
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Deer Study I

watercolour
H:36cm W:36cm
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Female Caper III, 2018

watercolour
H:20cm W:33cm
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Boar Study III, 2018

watercolour
H:33cm W:34cm
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Beaver: Lost mid-18th Century, Officially Re-introduced 2009

watercolour
H:37cm W:27cm
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Wolf Portrait IV, 2018

watercolour
H:30cm W:30cm
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Lynx Portrait III, 2018

watercolour
H:38cm W:56cm
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Lynx Portrait II, 2018

watercolour
H:38cm W:56cm
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Red Squirrel and Hazel Leaf, 2018

watercolour
H:74cm W:54cm
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Hunting Pack, 2018

watercolour
H:54cm W:74cm
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Scottish Tiger, 2018

watercolour
H:54cm W:74cm
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Highland Tiger, 2018

watercolour
H:54cm W:74cm
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Remember Lillith, Winter, 2017

watercolour
H:54cm W:74cm
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All Eyes on the Monarch, 2018

watercolour
H:54cm W:74cm
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Trees Remember Wolves

watercolour
H:56cm W:76cm
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Portrait of the Pack III, 2018

watercolour
H:56cm W:76cm
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White-Tailed Eagel

watercolour
H:70cm W:105cm
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Eagel Owl II, 2018

watercolour
H:70cm W:102cm
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Sea Eagle: Lost 1916, Re-introduced 1975, 2018

watercolour
H:70cm W:105cm
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Crossbill, female

watercolour on Chinese paper
H:33cm W:20cm
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Capercaillie – Lost 1785, reintroduced 1837

watercolour
H:71cm W:53cm
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Wolf Portrait v

watercolour
H:30cm W:30cm
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Collared Dove, 2019

watercolour
H:7.5cm W:7.5cm
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Double Dove, 2019

watercolour
H:7.5cm W:7.5cm
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Claire Harkess

RSW
Born: 1970
Place of Birth: Ayr

Claire Harkess was born in Ayr, Scotland, graduating from Glasgow School of Art in the early 1990s. In recent years her painting has taken her to fragile lands to study and interpret life on the edge. Antarctica, Outback Australia and St Kilda are all places where, in such extreme environments, survival is difficult and the balance of life is delicate. Six hundred miles due west of Ecuador surrounded by the Pacific Ocean lie the Galápagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin’s ‘The Origin of the Species’. This isolated volcanic outpost remained relatively untouched by man, evolving to become one of the World’s unique ecosystems. The balance present in nature is clearly communicated through the paintings. Painting in watercolour offers a unique directness; the essential qualities of light and energy present in the natural world are the very essence of the medium itself. The delicacy of her palette and oriental economy of her mark-making creates a subtle tension representing a world that is ‘holding still’, giving a sense of freedom, spirit, time and place.

Claire exhibited at The Scottish Gallery in April 2018, exploring the idea of A Wilder Place. In July 2020 Claire presented an exhibition Into the Wild, featuring works created in the Arctic Circle and rewilding centres in Scotland. In March 2022 Claire’s exhibition The Garden, opened in The Gallery. The exhibition explored her immediate surroundings in Perth from a collection of borrowed gardens. Claire carefully and joyfully captured the visitors: the birds, the squirrels, the badger, and for the first time she brought the flora to the foreground while a butterfly or a tiny snail might be found in the detail. This close-up of the familiar natural world, so easily overlooked, has expanded her practice. Her work has a delicate, oriental sensibility, suiting longer formats, and employing kintsugi techniques, adding to their sense of fragility.

‘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 an anchor that holds all of us and it must be protected.’ – Claire Harkess


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