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Wildlife Artist, Natural History Illustrator
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As a child, I watched in fascination the animals, insects and birds around me. I adored wildlife and also thoroughly enjoyed drawing. During my teens I became a keen conservationist and throughout the following years, my love of art and concern for our fellow creatures has been unceasing.

During 1989, I began working from my Larmer Tree Studio, as a self-taught, professional Wildlife Artist. Whilst combining my love of 'Wildlife and Art'; I have continued to support a number of Wildlife Conservation groups and societies through my artwork.

My artwork very much reflects my love of nature. This, with my other interests: the study of natural history, photography, voluntary wildlife rescue; is integral to my work. Along with studying behavioural patterns of individual species; Iím also intrigued by the myriad colours and patterns within nature. I've also always been fascinated by textures, shadows, movement and reflected light and using a variety of media, my natural history paintings and illustrations are often highly-detailed.

With each artwork, I wish to capture the essence of my subject and convey to the viewer: the beauty, intricacy and deep connection we have with our fellow creatures and our natural world.

Support for Conservation:


I have been a keen naturalist and conservationist for many years. Initially my support was through voluntary work and donations, but since becoming a professional wildlife artist it has been a joy to combine my love of 'Wildlife and Art', and also support Wildlife Conservation Societies through my artwork.

In 1996 I became a member of the Dorset Bat Group. I have since participated in bat surveys and counts for the Bat Conservation Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust and the Vincent Wildlife Trust. Having been interested in bat welfare for so many years, I became a Registered Bat Rescuer & Carer in 2003. As a Registered Bat Carer I rescue orphaned and injured bats in order to care for them until they are ready to be released back into the wild.

Each year I also participate in nest and colony surveys for the British Trust for Ornithology. My husband and I also rescue any birds or mammals that are in need of a helping hand. The most recent being 3 orphaned peachicks.

I have exhibited artwork at a number of galleries including the London Zoological Society; whilst working with the Orangutan Foundation. In 2009, I was also delighted to be signed with the Wildlife Art Company, a natural history agency established by Mark Cawardine the world renowned BBC zoologist, photographer and author.

I have always wished to illustrate a natural history publication and my wish was realised when I was invited to provide drawings for two Wolf Conservation books. A couple of years later, I was also approached to produce artwork for a wolf conservation film.
Special Achievements:
  • 2017 - White Rhino
    My good news is that my rhino artwork has just been uploaded to the Explorers Against Extinction website and is now Live and Open to Bids. yay!!! :) Am chuffed to bits and trying to let as many folk know as possible. If you could Share my link far and wide, it would be very much appreciated. With approx. 3 rhinos killed each day and an elephant killed every 15 minutes.....our rhinos and ele's need all the help they can get. I hope that my rhino will raise as many pennies as possible, and I also hope she goes to a good home. There are a variety of artworks on the website, so hopefully the project will be a huge success.
  • 2010 - Wildlife Artist of the Year Finalist
    The BBC held their first ever 'Wildlife Artist' competition. Months later I received the splendid news that I'd been selected as a Finalist for the 'BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year!'
  • 2010 - Wildlife Art Company
    Signed with the Wildlife Art Company, a natural history agency established by Mark Cawardine the world renowned BBC zoologist, photographer and author.
  • 2009 - 'Tropical Butterflies of the World' - Hahnemuele Eco-Friendly Art Paper
    Approached by Hahnamuele Fine Art Paper Co. re: use of my artwork 'Tropical Butterflies of the World'. for an advertisment advertising Hahnemuele Eco-Friendly Art Paper; to be used in the 'Artists & Illustrators' magazine.
  • 2003 - Orangutan Foundation
    I have exhibited artwork at a number of galleries including the London Zoological Society: whilst supporting and working with the Orangutan Foundation.

  • 1998 - Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design Exhibition
    After four years study gained an HND in Natural History Illustration.
  • 1991 - Shaftesbury Art Centre
    Shaftesbury Art Centre - Solo Exhibition
  • 1990 - Society of Wildlife Artists
    In 1990, a year after becoming a self taught, self employed artist I was invited to display my artwork alongside other artists at the Mall Galleries London - at The Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition.

  • 1988 - Bournemouth Gardens - Annual Open Air - Artists Exhibition
    My very first exhibition. Exhibited and sold my wildlife artwork. Bournemouth Gardens - Annual Open Air - Artists Exhibition.
  • The World of Wolves  (2010)
    I was invited to produce a number of graphite drawings for 'The World of Wolves'. - The 'World of Wolves' is the second of two books containing my artwork. The launch was held at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust in Reading, in the U.K. To be given the opportunity to sketch, draw and be with wolves at such close quarters; whilst also working to help keep wolves in the wild; was a super and unforgettable experience.
    Author: Prof. Marco Musiani
  • Artist's & Illustrators Magazine (2009)
    Pet Portraiture - The Editor of the 'Artists and Illustrators' magazine featured my work as a 'Pet Portrait Artist'.
  • 'A New Era for Wolves and People' (2009)
    I provided a number of graphite drawing for the book 'A New Era for Wolves and People'. -  'A New Era for Wolves and People' is the first of two books containing my artwork; The launch of the book was held at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust in Reading, United Kingdom. To be given the opportunity to sketch, draw and be with wolves at such close quarters; whilst also working to help keep wolves in the wild; was a super and unforgettable experience.
    Author: Prof. Marco Musiani
  • Artist's & Illustrators Magazine (2008)
    Fine Art Prints and Greetings Cards - The Editor of the 'Artists and Illustrators' magazine invited me to describe my journey into the world of printing my Fine Art Prints and Greetings Cards.

  • Orangutan Foundation Guidebook (2004)
    'Baby Orangutan' Graphite Pencil drawing -  Orangutan Foundation Guidebook - Indonesia
  • 'BRITISH WILDLIFE' Magazine (2003)
    'Greater Horseshoe Bat' - Pen & Ink drawing. - The 'BRITISH WILDLIFE' Magazine printed my 'Greater Horseshoe Bat' - Pen & Ink drawing.

Organization Membership:
  • 2016 - Artists for Conservation
    Accepted as a Signature Member.
    The Artists for Conservation Foundation (AFC) - formerly the Worldwide Nature Artists Group (WNAG) - is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the natural world. The Foundation represents the world's leading collective of nature artists and an unparalleled pool of artistic talent focused on nature. The organization's mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation, biodiversity, sustainability and environmental education through art that celebrates our natural heritage.
  • 2010 - Wildlife Art Company
    The Wildlife Art Company is a natural history agency for Wildlife Art established by Mark Cawardine and Rachel Ashton. Mark Carwardine is the world renowned BBC zoologist, photographer and author.
  • 1999 - Orangutan Foundation UK
    Saving orangutans by protecting their tropical forest habitat, working with local communities and promoting research and education.
    GRASP is a United Nations initiative committed to ensuring the long-term survival of chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, and orangutans and their habitats in Africa and Asia.
  • Sea Shepherd
    Sea Shepherd UK is a registered marine conservation charity whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife around the UK's coastline and across the worldís oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
  • League Against Cruel Sports
    The League Against Cruel Sports was established in 1924 and campaigns to end cruelty to animals in sport.
  • BTO
    The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is an independent charitable research institute combining professional and citizen science aimed at using evidence of change in wildlife populations, particularly birds, to inform the public, opinion-formers and environmental policy- and decision-makers.
  • Water Aid
    Water Aid work with local partners to deliver clean water and toilets and promote good hygiene, and campaign to make change happen for everyone everywhere.


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