Keith Brockie was born in Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland, in December 1955.. In 1978 he graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, and after a short period working as an illustrator he became a freelance artist specialising in wildlife.
He has had 7 books published featuring his own work; Keith Brockie’s Wildlife Sketchbook, 1981; One Man’s Island, 1984; The Silvery Tay, 1988; Mountain Reflections, 1994; Cuaderno de Campo de la Naturaleza Espaniola, 1995 and Drawn from Nature, 1995; Return to One Man’s Island, 2012. He has also illustrated many more books including ‘Rural Portraits’, 2003, featuring the native farm animals of Scotland and the characters involved with them. A film ‘One Man’s Island’ featuring his work on the Isle of May was shown on the BBC 2 World About Us series in 1984.
In the course of his work he has travelled widely. He has participated in expeditions to Greenland and to Svalbard as assistant leader with the British Schools Exploring Society teaching about the wildlife and field sketching.
Working with groups of artists he has participated in environmental awareness projects (Artists for Nature Foundation) in many countries and the Society of Wildlife Artists Atlantic Oakwoods (Ardnamurchan) project in 2004.
His other natural history interests include the ringing of birds and monitoring birds of prey. Since 1982 he has studied and helped protect the increasing osprey population in Perthshire and Angus.
A recent review in The Scotsman of the Curious Eye exhibition at The Royal Scottish Academy by Duncan Macmillan, one of Scotland’s foremost art critics recognised the depth of observation and feeling which is transmitted by Keiths’ work: “His study of a hare watched through a telescope is as beautiful as the hare itself, but it is not just a borrowed beauty, something appropriated, that we admire in his work….(it) is a record of something seen, certainly, but also of otherness understood and wondered at, of empathy, of seeing informed by feeling…To record and transmit real feeling can’t be borrowed. It has to be your own, and if it is counterfeit we soon spot that deception”.
He lives with his wife Hazel in Fearnan, on the shores of Loch Tay, where he has a studio and gallery featuring his work.