‘In the Still of The Morning’
Reference: own photos for tiger and Pixabay and imagination for background
I am a realistic wildlife and pet portrait artist who likes to create a striking visual impact through attention to detail and colour intensity. I enjoy studying animals and their expressions, which allows me to add character to them in my work, bringing them to life. Having grown up on a dairy farm, I have always been passionate about animals and nature. I studied art at school and then university, gaining a fine arts degree. It wasn’t until about 10 years ago though that I really developed a love of drawing animals when I visited the Big Cat Sanctuary on a workshop. It was around this time that I also discovered coloured pencils and fell in love with them! I love working with wax pencils as I find they give me the creamy finish that I love, and I have built up a very large collection of pencils over the years! Having studied photography at A-level, I love photographing animals, particularly big cats and then using my photos as reference for my artwork.
Being an Early Years teacher, art was my relaxation time in holidays. I then started to get asked to do commissions for people and I had success with competitions and I started to make a part time business for myself. I now am a stay at home mum of two-year twins and while I have lots of ideas of how I would like to take my art forward including combining my love of teaching with coloured pencils to run workshops, I have very limited time and so it’s taking me a little while to reach my goals!
October 2017 – Artist Showcase in Ann Kullberg’s Color Magazine with ‘I’ve Got My Eye on You’
CP Treasure Book Volume 5 – ‘Along Came A Tiger’
2015 – write up in local newspaper MK Citizen about me as an artist and being shortlisted for David Shepherd’s Wildlife Artist of the Year
2010 – I won sponsor’s choice with ‘On the Lookout’ in the ‘Simply the Best’ competition run by ‘Leisure Painter’
August 2012 – I won the Ken Bromley art cover competition with ‘Sleeping Lion’ and my work was on the front of their Autumn/Winter Catalogue.
July 2015 – shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year competition and exhibited at the Mall Galleries London with ‘In the Still of the Morning’ which sold at exhibition.
July 2017 – selected and exhibited at Exhibition of Wildlife Art (EWA)
‘I’ve Got My Eye on You’
Reference: own photos
‘Along Came A Tiger’
Reference: own photos and imagination
‘Trunks of Love’
Reference: photos from wet canvas library