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Gamekeeper by day; Artist by night

Michael Batey working on a new painting Credit: ITV Border

A gamekeeper on the Buccleuch Estate has a second career as an artist.

Michael Batey has worked outdoors for twenty years but last year he took part in the SpringFling art festival in Dumfries and Galloway.

He sold all his paintings and now he dedicates his evenings to painting, with hopes to enter the SpringFling again this year.

He was encouraged to take up art by his teachers in school, but claims his time outdoors provides inspiration for his other job.

Another of Mr Batey's artworks Credit: ITV Border

"Kelsae Stone' revealed

The "Kelsae stone" artwork Credit: Scottish Borders Council

The winner of a £40,000 prize to create a sculpture for Kelso town centre has revealed his design.

Jake Harvey's "Kelsae stone" is conceived like a section of the landscape and made of a similar material to the town’s cobbles.

The sculpture will represent local communities in and around Kelso and local residents have been asked to nominate a representative to handwrite their place name, which will then be enlarged to allow the artist to engrave it on the stone.

Mr Harvey will carve into the stone over the coming months, which will allow the community to see the artwork developing.

Artists scoops £40,000 prize for Kelso sculpture

A Scottish Borders artist has scooped a £40,000 prize to have his sculpture installed in Kelso Square.

Jake Harvey beat off four other shortlisted artists to win the competition with his design of "Kelsae Stone", which will be inscribed with local place names.

The stone, which is conceived like a section of the landscape and made of a similar material to the town's iconic cobbles, will 'grow' out of the existing historic surface.

"I'm delighted to have been chosen to make this sculpture for Kelso Square.

"The prospect of creating a significant work that complements the space and is an enduring embodiment of Kelso has great resonance for me.

"I have a life-long association with the local area, and reference points in the town and the local landscape have inspired my work for close to 50 years.

"I look forward to working with the people of Kelso and its environs when I undertake the inscription phase of this work on site and anticipate that, in due course, people within the community will gain a sense of pride and pleasure from the completed work as I will similarly get from the process of making it."

– Artist Jake Harvey