always been fascinated by observational drawing, so that is how
my creativity first expressed itself, and I still love that type
of work. Watching my subject come to life beneath my pencil or brush
has always seemed like a magical process. Sometimes I even find
it hard to believe I created the image myself. Magic indeed!
was appointed part time Education Officer at Nature in Art. This
was a perfect situation, giving me time to develop my own art and
meet other wildlife art specialists while establishing a new education
department for the museum. I immersed myself in field sketching
and wildlife art in tandem with gaining teaching qualifications.
first of numerous presentations to an art group. Since then I have
given talks and led workshops for art and natural history groups
throughout the UK. Inspiring and encouraging others is a key component
of my work.
development as a wildlife artist continued and I also enjoyed increasing
my knowledge of art history. My practical work included still life
and portraiture as well as wildlife.
A four-week trip to paint the wildlife of the Falkland Islands provided
plenty of inspiration beyond my usual British wildlife art, and
led to my reputation for penguin paintings.
A talk for an RSPB group, about the Falklands trip, led to an audience
member inviting me to join his research project as illustrator.
This marked the start of my interest in the wildlife art of ancient
Egypt, and included an amazing six-week field trip discovering the
art techniques and materials used inside the tombs and temples.
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.
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.
I developed the international / tutoring side of the business, becoming
a nomadic artist tutor for Art
Safari; tutoring wildlife art courses at Aigas International
Field Centre; and taking
part in the first Uttar Pradesh Festival of Birds in India.
Exhibitions were a key focus in 2017, starting with a solo exhibition
at WWT Slimbridge; Stroud Open Studios in May (6th-7th and 13th-14th);
ARTBURST in August (19th – 28th); and Lloyd’s Art Group in October
(23th – 27th).
I’m focusing on two themes: “Wildlife and Environment” exploring
wildlife camouflage and “Natural Pattern and Texture” which allows
me to explore natural surfaces in a more abstract way. I suspect
the two themes may converge and perhaps overlap at times. I can’t
wait to see how the two collections develop.