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Wild Island

Art & Photography, History, Natural History
Publication Date
03 March 2016
Hardback (also available as an ebook)
Available for Sale
Birlinn Ltd
colour paintings and sketches throughout

Wild Island

A Year in the Hebrides


eBook also available from the iBookstore

'[T]he next best thing to being there' – Scotland on Sunday

'I found myself returning to it again and again, just to savour Smith’s vibrant artwork' – Sunday Herald 

'The text is both lyrical and informative and, together with delightful illustrations on just about every page, it certainly makes me want to go back to Oronsay for a closer look' – Scottish Birds 

Winner of Birdscapes Gallery 'Conservation through Art' Award

This is a book for anyone interested in wildlife, for art lovers, for tourists wanting a memento of their holiday, for everyone who loves the west coast of Scotland. It depicts a year in the life of Oronsay, a remote island that is farmed by the RSPB for the benefit of wildlife, and follows artist Jane Smith, as she attempts to portray the interactions of wildlife, farm animals and human inhabitants. A humorous, first-hand, personal view of island life, both human and otherwise, and is illustrated with Jane Smith’s vibrant and acutely observed sketches, paintings and prints.

Jane Smith was born in Sussex. After gaining a degree in Zoology, she became a wildlife film-maker for the BBC Natural History Unit and National Geographic, winning an Emmy for her work. When her children were born she changed direction, creating wildlife artwork as another way of communicating her passion for the natural world. She now lives in Argyll with her husband, also a wildlife film-maker, and children.