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British wildlife artist Jackie Garner - profile

"Wildlife artist, Jackie Garner"... I've been painting wildlife and the natural world for over 30 years. I originally trained at Medway College of Design, before becoming the part-time education officer at Gloucestershire's Nature in Art. That role allowed me to indulge my love of wildlife art, and I was inspired - and taught - by some of the great British wildlife artists - Robert Gillmor, Peter Partington, Bruce Pearson, Greg Poole... Before I knew it my metamorphosis from a "naturalist interested in art" to an "artist interested in nature" was complete.

My wildlife paintings mostly concentrate on British animals and birds. I work from life whenever possible, usually sketching in pencil and watercolour and working up sketches in acrylics. I'm fascinated by wildlife camouflage and the repeating patterns in nature.

My paintings of nature and wildlife have been shown on BBC television and are held in collections as far afield as the Falkland Islands, Trinidad, Australia and South Africa. I was elected to fellowship of the RSA in 2006.

A four-week trip in 2005 to paint the wild life of the Falkland Islands provided plenty of inspiration beyond my usual British wildlife art, and led to my reputation for paintings of penguins. Since 2008 I've been concentrating on illustrations for a book on the wildlife art of ancient Egypt, which included an amazing six-week field trip investigating the art techniques and materials used inside the tombs and temples.

In 2009 I established a new studio near Stroud, enabling me to take on more illustration work and expand my range of wildlife art original paintings, prints, cards and puzzles.

2013: I've focused less on birds and more on the animal-, insect- and reptile- side of wildlife art, as I authored and illustrated a new wildlife art book.

2014: watch this space!

London exhibitions
  • Coningsby Gallery, Bloomsbury
  • Falkland House, Westminster
  • Lloyd's Art Group
  • Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours
  • Royal Miniatures Society
  • Society of Botanic Artists
  • Society of Women Artists
  • Society of Wildlife Artists
  • Provincial exhibitions
  • Artisan Gallery, Nailsworth, Glos
  • Beckford Fine Art Summer Exhibition, Herefordshire
  • Bird Art at 50, Birdscapes Gallery, Norfolk
  • Cheng Kim Loke Gallery, Slimbridge, Glos
  • Dursley Birdwatching Society 50th Anniversary exhibition
  • Gloucestershire Society of Artists
  • Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • National Exhibition of Wildlife Art (NEWA), The Wirral
  • Wallsworth Art Group
  • "Wildlife Art of Ancient Egypt", Nature in Art, Gloucester


    Residencies

  • Nature in Art, Gloucestershire
  • WWT Winter Wildlife Festival, Slimbridge, Glos
  • Commissions
  • Drawing of Bailey's Hotel in London,
        presented to the chairman of Copthorne Hotels to mark the company's flotation on the London Stock Exchange
  • Painted commemorative plaques for a state banquet held in honour of the King of Norway,
        a pair of which were presented to the King by the Lord Mayor of London
  • Commissioned to paint the 2015 Wildlife Habitat Trust Conservation Stamp
  • Commissions for private collectors

  • Teaching
  • Spanish wildlife art course with Art Safari, Southern Spain
  • Bloomsbury Summer School
  • Gloucestershire Society of Artists
  • Gloucester Arts & Crafts Summer School
  • Highland wildlife art course, Aigas, Scotland
  • Kingshill Art Centre, Gloucester
  • Nature in Art, Gloucester
  • numerous art and Egyptology societies
  • private tuition

  • Books & Illustrations
  • The Wildlife Artist's Handbook (authored and illustrated)
  • Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2014 (cover illustration)
  • Birding World (cover illustration)
  • Grouse of the World (illustrations)
  • The Snowy Owl - Poyser monograph (illustrations)
  • The Birds of Gloucestershire (illustrations)

  • Blogs & web features
  • Artsy Shark featured artist
  • Daler Rowney featured artist
  • Jackson's Art blog
  • Painters Online interview
  • Talking Naturally blog (interview)
  • Talking Naturally blog (review: The Wildlife Artist's Handbook)
  • Winsor & Newton featured artist

  • Features and articles in magazines
  • Artists & Illustrators magazine
  • Bird Art & Photography magazine
  • Birds Illustrated magazine
  • Birdwatch magazine
  • Cotswold Essence magazine
  • Cotswold Life magazine
  • Countryman's Weekly magazine
  • Insurance Day
  • News & Notes, The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
  • Penguin News (Falkland Islands official newspaper)
  • Sporting Gun magazine
  • The Countryman magazine
  • Who’s Who in Art
  • TV & radio
  • BBC Radio Gloucestershire (features)
  • BBC Radio Warwickshire
  • BBC television
  • Birdfair TV (British Birdwatching Fair)
  • Siren Radio
  • Stroud FM


  • Community arts projects
  • Sheepscape, Forest of Dean


  • Judging panels
  • The Wildlife Art Society International annual exhibition 2013
  • Solution Graphics

     

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