Gayle Mason

'Contemplation'

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.

 

Publications:

  • 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.

 

Awards:

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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