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Iain Harkess

Iain Harkess

Born and educated in Edinburgh, Iain has painted or drawn for as long as he can remember. He has however, spent most of his adult life working in public health in the NHS. Some seven years ago he decided to follow his first love and now paints full time.
The places around me, Scotland and the wonderful sights I experience when I travel, my passion for flowers – these are the things that inspire me to pick up the paint brushes.  I try to keep it simple and speak directly to the viewer about the emotional response to colours, shape shadows and fleeting light I experience. Whether it be the awe and wonder standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon or the delight in the myriad colours in the petals of a favourite rose, if I can communicate to the viewer a little of this then the painting has succeeded.”
Iain is largely self taught but has attended and been inspired by a number of short courses. His chosen medium is watercolour and works from drawings, photos and water colour sketches done on site.
“There are currently so many really great watercolourists about that challenge me to try and develop. However, I can’t help but come back to the works of Trevor Chamberlain, Seago, John Yardley and Heaton Cooper as some sort of yardstick”.