The Mountain Hare is an incredibly special, magical beast that transforms itself twice yearly as the seasons change, from brown to white and back again. This phenomenon occurs as temperatures drop in the autumn with the anticipated onset of winter snow, a white coat making a more effective disguise. With the advent of climate change and rising temperatures, shorter seasons and less snow – what is to become of the Mountain Hare’s wardrobe?

Mel Shand is a wildlife artist whose favourite subject matter is hares. Producing both large and small colourful oils and dirty big drawings in charcoal, graphite and chalk, her work aims to describes realistic interpretations from life.

Living and working on a traditional highland sporting estate with the gamekeeper and a plethora of animals, her life revolves around the demands of the changing seasons. Inspiration is regularly found, quite literally on the doorstep. She is deeply involved and interested in creativity, conservation, and education, as a Trustee of the River Dee and working closely with The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust as a judge for their annual children’s art competition. She is also a community playwright, avid photographer and enthusiastic Instagrammer, find her at Mel Shand Artist.

Buy a hare at Auction!

The Big Hop Trail sees hare sculptures designed and created by some of the country’s most talented artists. After the event, the large hare sculptures will be sold at a charitable auction, with the net proceeds raised for Clan Cancer Support.

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