Isobel Buckley

‘In the Still of The Morning’


Coloured Pencils

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.


Other Achievements:

  • 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’


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Reference: own photos

‘Along Came A Tiger’


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Reference: own photos and imagination

‘Trunks of Love’


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Reference: photos from wet canvas library

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