Highland red grouse in flight over the Allt Glas-choille. One of the great pleasures of being an artist in North East Scotland has to be sitting on the side of a hill watching the wildlife of the Highlands. Luckily the are many stunning locations very close to the studio on Speyside - Donside and Royal Deeside.
One such day out, has been developed into a new painting of a Red Grouse taking flight over the Allt Glas-choille ( High grey burn ) off the old military Glaschoille road from Strathdon to Gairnshiel Lodge. The painting has been done as a small oil sketch and then developed into a small finished work. It will always be a memory of sitting in the heather watching and sketching the grouse of Strathdon.
The red grouse ( Lagopus lagopus scotica ) is a bird of heather moorland with a range restricted to areas of blanket bog and upland shrub heath. It is a subspecies of the willow grouse ( L. l. lagopus ), whose range extends across the northern latitudes of Europe, Asia and North America. The red grouse differs by not developing white plumage during winter and having a diet almost exclusively of heather. grouse, The red grouse is a plump medium sized bird with a short tail, rich chestnut brown plumage and white-feathered legs. Males can be identified by a red eyebrow wattle which is very apparent when they call during the breeding season.
Since the mid-1800s, many areas of heather have been managed to produce grouse for shooting. Grouse shooting has been one of the major land uses of upland ground and an important source of income and employment for many Sporting estates that surround the art studio. For an grouse moor provides a rich and varied source of wildlife and sporting art subjects through the year.
For more details see the bird art gallery page
Highland Red Grouse in flight over the Allt Glas-choille
Artist biography - Tim Niall-Harris and his creative journey began painting in the remote corners of the world. Painting in Australia, Africa and the Highlands of Scotland.
As his practice developed, Tim’s exotic bird species, game bird paintings have found their way into the galleries and homes of collectors in the UK and the world. Working with a mixture of mediums. Giving a voice to the exotic bird species and game birds of the world.. Tim’s art gives voices to the rare and exotic bird species of the world, grouse and partridge.
Deeply connected to the wild places where his studio can be found in the Highlands of Scotland, but firmly connected to the contemporary. Based on North East Scotland and venturing out of the hills for art projects and in all corners of the world. Currently working on art projects featuring a wide range of bird species. Painting parrots of South America - Australia, Hornbills of Africa - Asia, British game bird art.
Tim's game bird paintings can be found on walls of Scottish estate and in private client collections around the world. Currently working on new studies of Highland red grouse on the hills of Scotland.