'Wild About Nature' by Kim Fletcher

by Stephanie Cullen - 15:03 on 11 June 2019

  Our current exhibition at For Arts Sake is ‘Wild About Nature’ by Kim Fletcher. The gallery currently has a menagerie of animals, stills of reflections on stone and wild seascapes, all carefully sketched or painted.

  Kim is a marvellous technical artist and has been leading our drawing classes at Number 25, her attention to scale and detail delivers breath-taking results as her subjects are shown in so much detail as to seem like a photo rather than a drawing. As such, you almost want to stroke her pastel-drawings as each hair stands out. There are some familiar Orkney animals, such as puffins and otters, but there are also foxes and barn owls, Kim’s love for animals is all-encompassing.

  Whereas, many nature artists stop at drawing the animals in their environs as true to life as possible, the artist has put her own unique spin to her work by painting her animals onto patterned backgrounds. Yes, there are the hills and cliffs where we expect these animals to be found, but they are composed of a number of bright colours that swirl and flow, meshed together by gold line so as to seem like a tapestry that’s been sewn together with golden thread. The result of the realistic animals against these almost-psychedelic backgrounds is attention-grabbing and demonstrates Kim’s skill as an artist of all styles, she doesn’t simply draw what she sees, but can elaborate and put her own stamp on it.

Kim shall be leaving us shortly to once again pick up her skills as a biology teacher, we wish her well in all her future endeavours! We highly suggest that you make the most of the time she is with us to pick up some drawing lessons, call 988724 for more details. ‘Wild About Nature’ continues until June 15th, the gallery is open Monday-Friday 10-5 and Saturdays 10-4.

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