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the best talk I've been to, and I've been going to art history talks
for almost 30 years."
- Feedback after
The Art of Ancient Egypt
- Focus on the
- Nature in
- Birds in Art
it was a great success and we were delighted."
- Comment from event organiser
I give illustrated talks for groups who want entertainment, fabulous
images and subject matter that adds a little variety to their programme.
Each talk is divided into two halves (each about 45 minutes) with
a short break midway through. (The format and content can be adjusted
to suit your group.) I provide all the equipment unless agreed prior
to the talk
If you organise talks and presentations for wildlife groups or art
or in fact any other group - you can download
my Talks and Workshops brochure for more information.
for something with more practical art work? See Workshops
any other questions enquire
by email or see
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Wildlife Artist’s Handbook - The Making of a Wildlife Art Book
We all love books, but where do you start when you’re commissioned
to write and illustrate one? What’s involved? What to include and
what to leave out? What do I wish I’d known? This presentation also
includes lots of tips for drawing and painting wildlife. The story
of a steep learning curve from initial email to the excitement of
seeing the book on the bookshop shelves.
Artist’s World - Behind the Scenes
What does a professional art career in today’s challenging economic
climate really involve? Painting pictures only accounts for a surprisingly
small part of it. This presentation traces a route from enthusiastic
amateur to professional artist, looking at images that
I've found inspiring, “lucky” coincidences, strategies for survival,
and triumphs and failures along the way.
The Art of
Explore the materials
and techniques used in ancient Egyptian art, with an introduction
to my own work inspired by wildlife in ancient Egyptian art.
was fascinating and I think that everyone enjoyed the presentation.
I was glad I came along"
was so organised and calm. The images she had ready were really
beautiful. It was an excellent talk"
was something different. The speaker was very good, presented
well, and the talk was extremely enjoyable. Thank you"
it was a great success and we were delighted.
Focus on the
Five weeks of spectacular scenery and wildlife in these remote
islands. Pecked by a penguin and accosted by an albatross: find out
about the realities of life as a wildlife artist, and view some of
the resulting artwork.
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was probably the first subject to be portrayed by mankind. This talk
begins with cave paintings and examines the changing relationship
between the artist and the natural world. We look at images by various
artists and investigate the possible options open to an artist inspired
The first part
of this presentation looks at the changing trends in the depiction
of birds. The second part relates to my long-term interests in birdwatching
and painting, and my transition from a "naturalist interested in art"
to an "artist interested in nature".
We take a glimpse
into the lives of the two best-known female members of the French
Impressionist movement. The first half of the talk concentrates
on Berthe Morisot, the second half on Mary Cassatt. We explore their
similarities and differences and see how two women artists in a
man's world produced some of the most radical work in the history
was the best talk I've been to, and I've been going to art history
talks for almost thirty years."
- "I loved
every second of your talk, and your delivery is really good too."
was fascinating. I'm inspired to go and buy lots of books on the
are you doing that exact same talk next? I want to hear it all
should hear the comments... everybody loved it."