Alison Kinnaird

Roy Dennis, born 1940 (2003)

About this artwork

Roy Dennis is a professional ornithologist and wildlife consultant. He has worked in the Highlands and Islands since 1959, becoming one of the world's leading experts on ospreys and other birds of prey. In 1992 Dennis was awarded an MBE for Services to Nature Conservation in Scotland. The bird featured on this unusual glass portrait is the red kite, one of the animals successfully reintroduced into Scotland. Like the profile of the sitter, the red kite appears on all four layers of the piece, and is shown in various stages of flight.

Alison Kinnaird

Alison Kinnaird

Alison Kinnaird was born in Edinburgh and studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1969 to 1971. She also gained a masters degree in Celtic Studies and Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh. Kinnaird is one of Scotland's leading glass engravers. Much of her work takes the human figure as its main subject and she is inspired by the Scottish landscape. In addition to her artwork, Kinnaird is one of the foremost exponents of traditional Scottish harp music. She was awarded an MBE for Services to Art and Music in 1997.