I love working with graphite pencil. It allows me to focus on the detail of an animal; the feathers, fur, eyes, skin blemishes or patterns and highlight the existing beauty in the natural world. Without the distraction of colour, graphite accentuates the tonal variances, shades and highlights, making pieces sharp, striking, dramatic and always eye-catching. I enjoy the challenge of capturing enough detail to draw the viewer in , without being too photo-realistic. With my art, I aim to grab the viewer’s attention, draw them in for a closer look, then keep them there with lots to study wherever they look in the piece. Hopefully by the end of the viewing experience, the viewer has shared a level of emotional connection to the animal similar to that which I have experienced during the creative process. I strongly believe in studying wild animals in their natural habitat wherever possible, where they are displaying their normal range of behaviours. Through my work I support a variety of charities dedicated to keeping wild animals free and in their natural environment. I work exclusively from my own preliminary sketches and reference photographs. I use a professional range of harder graphic pencils for a sharper, well defined and cleaner drawing. I do not use computers at any stage to create or enhance my artwork.
Biography: With over 15 years experience in graphite pencil drawing, I am a professional wildlife artist. Self taught, my only formal art training was to GCSE level art where I experimented with a variety of different media, before finding my real passion for graphite pencil drawing. I showed an early talent for capturing the character and emotion of my subjects After gaining my BSc in Applied Biology from Bristol and working as a successfully published research scientist specialising in Genetics, I decided to re-train to learn more about business. I gained my MSc in Human Resource Management from UMIST/Manchester School of Management and qualified as a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in one year. There followed a highly successful corporate career. After having my son, I decided to take the opportunity to explore and develop my artistic talents further. Drawing has always been a passion with private commissions being accepted. My work is held in private collections in the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia and is rapidly growing in both popularity and critical acclaim. I work every day from my studio at home in Cheshire, often spending weeks capturing the immense detail of a drawing resulting in incredibly realistic pieces. I am an active member of the Society for All Artists (SAA), the Fine Art Trade Guild and The Wildlife Art Society International (TWASI) alongside well-known wildlife artists such as Pollyanna Pickering, David Shepherd and Simon Trapnell. I'm also an active member of the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society (MIWAS)Europe's largest wildlife art society alongside well-known wildlife artists such as Pip McGarry, Vic Bearcroft and Paul Apps. Charity Work I actively support the fundraising of many charities at both a regional and national level. I believe it is hugely important to do what I can to support all the vital work my chosen charities do. I select charities to work with on the basis of an emotional connection with the people or animals they are helping. I continue to work closely with the NSPCC to raise funds for their vitally important Full Stop: Stop Cruelty to Children Campaign.
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
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