Artist David Bellamy comes to the Wild Space gallery

Wild beauty of the Highlands celebrated in watercolour exhibition.

Wild beauty of the Highlands celebrated in watercolour exhibition.

Wild Highlands – an exhibition of watercolour paintings depicting mountain scenery – opens at the John Muir Trust’s Wild Space visitor centre in Pitlochry on Thursday 17 April.

Artist, David Bellamy, has been a member of the Trust since the early days and his paintings illustrate the sheer beauty of the Highlands.

David’s sketching has taken him to celebrated mountain ranges from the Alps to the Himalayas, but he says that it’s always the British mountains, with their own distinctive moods, that mean the most to him.

“Painting wild landscapes has been the core theme throughout my life as an artist, and the Highlands have always been an important ingredient in my work.

“To stand on the summit of Stob Coire nan Lochan, when snow lies deep on the bens and clouds scud frantically across the panorama, is one of the chief delights of the winter Highlands.

“Sketching it might be a challenge, but the prospect is so inspirational that even a snow-spattered, wind-torn, messy pencil sketch can result in a better painting than one done in calm weather.

“The main aim of my exhibition is to illustrate the wild beauty of the Highlands, without which our sense of freedom is gone."

David will be giving a demonstration on painting mountain scenery at Pitlochry Festival Theatre at 2pm on 23 April. Book tickets here.

Wild Highlands is at the Wild Space until 18 June. Find out more about David Bellamy.