Spotlights

Brief introductions to a selection of items in the Nature in Art collection.

Because we regularly change our displays so that we can share as much of our collection as possible, there is a possibility that these items may not be on show when you visit. To be certain of seeing a particular item, please contact us first so that we can make arrangements for you.

This a new resource for 2021. New additions will be made regularly. (For videos of artists at work, including several that have work in our permanent collection, click here.)

 

JOHN PAIGE: Multi-coloured linocut original print. Explore some of the different types of print held in the Nature in Art collection and then discover how this print was created. A fascinating insight into artistry and craftsmanship. Guide yourself at your own pace using the flipbook below, or click here to see a video presentation with an audio commentary.

 

DEREK ROBERSON: Watercolour painting ‘Singing Under The Same Sky’, donated to the collection in 2019 and completed as part of his ground breaking project ‘Migrations‘ that was exhibited at Nature in Art the same year.

Born and raised in Fife, Derek Robertson works from his studio in Balmerino, Scotland. Graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone Art College in Dundee in 1989, his paintings, prints and publications are held in private collections in more than 40 countries. Public collections include Nature in Art, The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum (USA), several British Universities and the collections of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, The Tate Galleries and The Scotland Office in London. Derek is a signature member of the elite Society of Animal Artists (USA), an elected member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour , the Society of Scottish Artists and the International Watercolor Society. He has received multiple awards for his work.

Derek’s first book, ‘Highland Sketchbook’ was nominated for the McVities Prize. His latest book, entitled “A Studio Under The Sky” has received critical acclaim from around the world. He has written and presented a number of TV programmes including a four part series, “Drawn From Wild Places” which was nominated for a Scottish Bafta and an award at the Cannes Film Festival. As well as having a fascination for wildlife as an artist, Derek contributes to scientific research work as an enthusiastic amateur naturalist, researcher and bird-bander. He has developed a number of research and survey techniques that have been adopted by professional organizations.

This video tells the story of this painting of skylarks and sees him drawing skylarks in the field.

 

MEG STEVENS (1931- 2012): Collection of oil paintings completed in the field. Get a glimpse of some of the paintings in our collection by an artist whose studio was the great outdoors. The images are accompanied by quotations from Meg describing her thoughts and inspirations. Guide yourself at your own pace using the flipbook below.