Claire Harkess has tonight been named David Shepherd Wildlife Foundations’ (DSWF) 2017 Wildlife Artist of the Year at a prize-giving event hosted by actor Peter Egan at the Mall Galleries, London. Claire was presented with the £10,000 top prize for her work entitled Walrus of Magdalene Fjord I.
An elected member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, Claire grew up on the West Coast of Scotland and graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1993. She currently lives and works in Perth, Scotland.
Commenting on the winning piece the judges said:
“Despite the softness of the painting it captures the weight and character of the animal and a real sense of place.”
Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2017, the Wildlife Artist of the Year competition brings together the world’s best wildlife artists exploring seven exciting categories. From Earth’s Beautiful Creatures to Urban Wildlife more than 130 original works challenge preconceptions of wildlife art.
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