Harea of Outstanding Natural Beauty

DawnNiven-HareaofOutstanding

About the Hare

Harea owes her name to the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  What can be more beautiful than an abundance of wildflowers growing in the hedgerows,  meadows, grasslands and woodlands of our wonderful Cotswold landscape?  It was for this reason that I felt Harea should be clothed in wildflowers, many of them rare or declining but which are found in the Cotswolds.  There is the Cotswold pennycress, purple milk vetch, frog, musk, bee and wasp orchids, autumn gentian, hay rattle, hairy violet, pasque flower, hawkweed, harebells … to mention just a ...
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Harea owes her name to the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  What can be more beautiful than an abundance of wildflowers growing in the hedgerows,  meadows, grasslands and woodlands of our wonderful Cotswold landscape?  It was for this reason that I felt Harea should be clothed in wildflowers, many of them rare or declining but which are found in the Cotswolds.  There is the Cotswold pennycress, purple milk vetch, frog, musk, bee and wasp orchids, autumn gentian, hay rattle, hairy violet, pasque flower, hawkweed, harebells … to mention just a few.  Not only are these diverse floral species beautiful in their own right but they are very important for pollinators and other forms of wildlife here in the Cotswolds.  I would love Harea to bring attention to the fact that careful conservation is needed to ensure the well-being of all the local flora and fauna. 

Harea is to be a beautiful Cotswold brown hare, who is dependent on our meadows and grasslands.  She will be painted in a variety of acrylic paints with the addition of Posca pens and then carefully varnished to withstand whatever weather conditions may come her way.  I hope that visitors on the Hare Trail will be reminded of our rich floral diversity and be minded to cherish this heritage.  Harea’s hope is that she will be able to generate much financial support for this important conservation work! 

Artist

Dawn Niven

Artist Biography

Drawing and painting has always played a very big part of my life and growing up in a rural environment from the age of eight years with a father who was passionate about natural history the main inspiration for my work has always been the countryside.
Following a Teacher Training Course ...
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Drawing and painting has always played a very big part of my life and growing up in a rural environment from the age of eight years with a father who was passionate about natural history the main inspiration for my work has always been the countryside.

Following a Teacher Training Course in Cheltenham, I have taught in both Somerset and Gloucestershire. Along with teaching, I have carried out work for Ofsted, run children’s
art clubs and workshops and adult art classes and have undertaken some illustration work.

Now retired I am thoroughly enjoying spending much more of my time painting. I exhibit regularly in Gloucestershire. I work primarily in acrylics, although latterly I have enjoyed
experimenting with mixed media.  Changing light and the effect of varying weather conditions on the landscape has always intrigued me.

I am so delighted to have been asked to become involved in the Cotswold Hare Trail and I am looking forward to welcoming a rather large hare and a leveret in my studio.  I feel that the Cotswold Hare Trail is a fantastic way of attracting visitors of all ages to our wonderful countryside and I hope that my hare and my leveret will help in raising much needed funds for the conservation of the Cotswolds.