Gayle Mason


7 x 7 inches coloured pencil

Close up of a Cheetah, being very aware of how precarious the future is for a lot of animals and birds this is part of a series where I wanted to suggest the animals contemplating their future, both individually and as a species. Because this was the first in the series I called it Contemplation

I am an animal and wildlife artist who works in a realistic style. I have corporate and private collectors of my original paintings and giclee prints throughout the world. I developed my love of animals and the countryside as a child. I spent many happy hours watching animals and birds in the wilder parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire. A degree in Zoology from Liverpool University added an understanding of structure and form to the more intimate knowledge of behaviour I gained from many hours of observation. I research each animal or bird in as much detail as possible before painting or drawing them. I particularly enjoy portraying the detail in the fur and feathers of my subjects. A small stream has been created in my garden which together with two ponds and a small area sown with meadow flowers encourages visits by many species of birds and small mammals. Each year, I visit North America to enjoy the remote places and seek inspiration from the wild animals I encounter - including wolves, coyotes and grizzly bears in Yellowstone and Black Bears and Moose in Canada. However, I continue to get as much pleasure in the many small animals that I find on my travels as the large impressive ones.



  • I have had articles published in the following issues of Leisure Painter Magazine:

  • October 2013 - Introduction to coloured pencil techniques

  • November 2013 - Coloured Pencil Techniques, Brown Hare

  • January 2014 - Coloured Pencil Techniques, Metal

  • May 2014 - Coloured Pencil Techniques, weathered stump

  • August 14 - Coloured Pencil Techniques, Water

  • November - Coloured Pencil Techniques, Peacock Feather

  • January 2015 - Coloured Pencil Techniques, Red Deer Stag

  • I have also written the workshop article which will be published in the October issue of Colored Pencil magazine.

  • I have published three coloured pencil tutorials, a cat, a dog and a hare which have been selling continuously for several years.

  • I am also the tutor for the Pet Portrait Diploma Course run by The London Art College where several of the set exercises involve the use of coloured pencil.



My coloured pencil drawing of 'Big Red' was awarded best in show by the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery London at the Society of Feline Artists annual show in 2013


I have been represented by the following galleries:

  • The Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London

  • The Pickering Gallery Pickering

  • Yorkshire The Cat Gallery, York

  • Yorkshire Picturesque Gallery, Silsden

  • Yorkshire Stockbridge Gallery, Hampshire

  • I also had a coloured pencil drawing shortlisted for The David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year which was exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London

  • I held a solo exhibition at Sunnyhurst Woods Visitor Centre (they have a small art gallery)


I continue to use coloured pencil as the basis for many of my pieces although sometimes adding acrylic or watercolour if I feel that works better for what I am trying to achieve.

'Young Buck'

16 x 12 inches

coloured pencil and a touch of watercolour in the grass.

This is one of a small group of Roe Deer that I have spent many hours watching over several years

'All Legs'

16 x 10 inches coloured pencil

 I couldn't resist drawing this little donkey foal with his long legs

'Morning Stroll'

16 x 12 coloured pencil with a touch of watercolour in the grass

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