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The Wildlife Art Society International was founded in 1992 and has grown to be one of the leading Wildlife Art Societies in the UK and continues to grow in recognition internationally.

The basic aims of the Society are the promotion of the wildlife art genre in its own right, whilst providing a focus for the interests of all wildlife artists, painters, sculptors and photographers whether they are professional, serious amateur or leisure artists.

The Society offers members a wide and varied programme of events throughout the year, these include workshops to help members to advance their artistic skills.  There are also opportunities to observe numerous species of animals, birds and other wildlife.

The Wildlife Art Society International is a company limited by guarantee and is managed by a Central Council which is appointed by the membership.  The Council is responsible for the day to day management of the Society.  Various ad hoc committees are responsible for the organisation of exhibitions and events, many of which are of a local nature.


Pollyanna Pickering presenting Ian Davie with the Gold Award

Annual Exhibition Awards

The Wildlife Art Society International holds an Annual Exhibition of Wildlife Art and entry is open to all current and past members. Around 300 works are displayed publicly each year, and all work submitted for hanging is judged by a highly respected and independent panel of judges with a variety of awards being presented at the closing ceremony.

Pollyanna Pickering presenting Ian Davie with the Gold Award

 


 



Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall

Photograph of Wallsworth Hall, Nature in ArtAnother of our key events is the 'Gloucester weekend'. This is held at Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth, Gloucestershire, and gives members the opportunity to attend workshops and talks given by well known national and international artists, photographers and celebrities from the world of art and conservation. For more details on current and future events see our what's on page.

As well as its pure art involvement, the Society is also firmly committed to wildlife conservation and actively encourages its members to be involved in all aspects of the protection and preservation of the natural world.   Wildlife artists have an important role to play in raising public awareness of the need to conserve and protect our wildlife heritage.

 

The Wildlife Art Society International Patrons

Pollyanna Pickering

Simon Trapnell
FRSA
The 7th Marquess of Bath
Twasi patron Pollyanna Pickering Twasi patron Simon Trapnell Twasi patron the 7th Marquess of Bath

Pollyanna Pickering is acclaimed as one of Europe 's foremost wildlife artists. She studied at the London Central School of Art, and has exhibited at the Royal Academy . Pollyanna has been commissioned by every major animal charity including WWF, RSPB and the Born Free Foundation. Pollyanna has won numerous awards for her art, including the Millennium Trophy bestowed by TWASI.
Renowned for her expeditions Pollyanna has painted some of the most endangered species in the remotest parts of the globe.
For fifteen years Pollyanna ran a wildlife sanctuary and ‘The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation' continues her dedicated conservation work. As well as TWASI, Pollyanna is patron of several National Charities, including Naturewatch Raptor Rescue and the Wildlife Defence Fund.

Simon Trapnell helped establish ‘Nature in Art', the world's first museum dedicated exclusively to fine, decorative and applied art inspired by nature.
For the last ten years Simon has been director of the museum and assisted in putting together an internationally important and still growing collection of works by more than 600 artists from over 60 different countries.
A keen conservationist and campaigner on development issues Simon holds directorships with several organisations including: - Speed to Need Fund (Raising funds for capital relief projects in the developing world) G lobal Dimension Ltd and The Gloucestershire Development Education Centre. He is also a Trustee of the International Centre for Conservation Education and with his wife, represents and assists The Environmental Agency of Ghana within the UK.

Born in 1932 the colourful Lord Bath was educated at Eton.. Art was a major influence on the young Alexander Thynn (Viscount Weymouth 1946) having studied under Wilfred Blunt, Oliver Thomas & Gerald Leet at Eton he later went on to Paris and the art scene of the ‘Left Bank'. Here in the early fifties Lord Bath studied at the Academia Ranson under Roger Chastel and Henri Goetz and at the Academia Julien under Andre Planson.
During many years living and working at Longleat the then Viscount Weymouth was able to develop his art and also took up writing, his first published novel being ‘The Carry-Cot' (published by W.H. Allen.) In 1992, on the death of his father Viscount Weymouth became the 7th Marquess of Bath and took over complete control of Longleat. Lord Bath is a Patron of many societies and organisations and ensures that Longleat stays at the forefront of animal conservation. His love of art, writing, and music remains as strong as ever.



The Wildlife Art Society Honorary Fellows


Paul Apps

Kent artist Paul Apps is a passionate wildlife artistand photographer. His work captures the unique character of the subject and interaction with its natural environment. While Paul creates images of wildlife from all over the world, he frequently returns to the expanse of the African landscape and fauna to inspire his grand canvases. Since his first visit to the continent in 1989, Paul has travelled there annually to collect reference and experience the thrilling game and panoramas.
Paul’s success and reputation as a wildlife, bird,dog and Landscape artist has flourished. As well as exhibitions in the UK, artworks have been displayed in Africa, Singapore, Europe and the USA, where his first solo show sold out on the opening night. Sotheby’s, Christies and Bonhams have all seen images sell for record prices. With over 60 fine art prints to his credit, originals are also keenly sought after by collectors around the globe.
Supporting wildlife conservation has always been of paramount importance to Paul. Sales of his work have helped raise thousands of pounds for various charities, including Tuskforce, The Born Free Foundation, The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and The Injured Jockey’s Fund.


Sarais Crawshaw

Sarais Crawshaw


From childhood, Sarais was encouraged to be curious about the natural world, and spent her spare time in the Hertfordshire countryside, collecting and painting every type of animal and plant.
She took a Bachelor of Education degree specialising in Printmaking, and taught art in Coventry at secondary level.
In 1983 she began work as a full time artist, painting with acrylic paint or pastel, and recently, she has been experimenting with a new challenge - paper cut and mixed media, to develop a more sculptural feel to her work.
She acts as Events Coordinator for The Wildlife Art Society International, nd has won their top award, The Christopher Parsons Award for artistic excellence, in 2007 and 2009.
As a full member of The Society of Feline Artists, some of her work reflects her passion for cats of all sizes, but the majority is based on her love of British wildlife.
She spends time in the countryside surrounding her home in Warwickshire, or in the wild places of Wales, Scotland and Northumberland, making quick field sketches, using observation and photos, and combining these in the studio to create her work.
Sarais tries to make use of the landscape in her work, especially water, as part of the story of wildlife. She hopes that her pictures convey some of the thrill she gets from watching wildlife, and encourages others to support conservation of our natural heritage.
Sarais exhibits regularly throughout the country from London to Gloucester & the Wirral, and locally with The Rugby & District Art Society.


Neil Mason Honorary Fellow of the Wildlife Art Society International

Neil Mason


Born in Castell-Nedd, South West Wales, Neil R Mason is a wildlife sculptor with his studio currently based in the southern Cotswolds, Wiltshire, England. Essentially self-taught, his natural skills led him to create animal forms, initially experimenting with plasticine expressing his passion for wildlife. Skills which he took for granted whilst pursuing an alternative career, it wasn’t until around 2009 he returned to his love of both animals and art and began sculpting formerly. Since then his recognition as an emerging wildlife artist has continued to grow, with his work reputed by an uncanny ability to embody an almost tactile sense of emotion and movement within each piece. When seeing his sculptures, people often feel a strong emotional connection and desire to touch or hold his work. Working mainly in synthetic clay and occasionally wax, Neil's sculptures are cast via a lost wax process in bronze and/or a variety of resin composites via a traditional cold cast process. 


Twasi patron Pollyanna Pickering

Pollyanna Pickering


Pollyanna Pickering is widely recognized as Europe's foremost wildlife artist, and is the most published fine artist working in Britain today. She has won over thirty international awards for her artwork, and in 2008 she received an honorary degree from the University of Derby in recognition of her achievements.
Pollyanna holds the post of honorary patron of The Wildlife Art Society International.
She is also a signature member of the Artists for Conservation Foundation and the Society of Feline Artists and the Association of Animal Artists and a full juried member of the New York based Society of Animal Artists.
Pollyanna was born in Yorkshire, and is pictured left making an early start on her career! She began her real art training at Rotherham Art School, where, in her first year she won the award for most promising student - and met her future husband, Ken Pickering, an industrial designer. She went on to study for a further three years at the London Central School of Art, graduating with distinction.
Pollyanna's original work has been exhibited in top galleries internationally, including the Royal Academy. Her paintings hang in private and corporate collections world-wide from Siberia to Australia. Her work has been presented to Princess Anne, and she has even been commissioned to paint Her Majesty the Queens' favourite racing pigeon!
For fifteen years Pollyanna ran a registered hospital for birds of prey from her home. Caring mainly for injured and orphaned raptors, she also rehabilitated foxes, hedgehogs, squirrels and other mammals, all of which feature in her work. This close contact with the creatures in her care is reflected in the realism and vitality of her work.
Pollyanna's determination to paint only animals which she has observed in their natural habitats has lead her into a remarkable and unique series of expeditions into some of the most inhospitable areas of the globe. In 2007, Pollyanna was granted a fellowship from Canada based society Artists for Conservation Foundation in support of the expedition into Bhutan. She is accompanied on her journeys by her daughter and business partner Anna-Louise who also writes the text and contributes the photography to the books. The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation raises funds for world-wide conservation, animal welfare and disaster relief. Pollyanna continues in her support of other charities. She acts as patron of several organisations including The Badger Trust, Raptor Rescue, Naturewatch, the ABC Animal Sanctuary, the Gamelea Countryside Training Trust, Cats in Need, Parrotaid, and FABLE who raise funds for epilepsy sufferers. Pollyanna is a trustee of the Irish African/Asian Conservation Trust, and also holds the post of International Vice President of Bill Jordan's Wildlife Defence Fund, acts as UK ambassador for the Australian organisation Wildlife Warriors, and the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Trust of Namibia. She holds the official role of Conservation Partner to the Wildlife Conservation Division of the Department of Forests and Park Services of Bhutan. Within her local community she acted as Honorary president of the North Derbyshire RSPCA for many years, and is Honorary President of the Chesterfield Art Society. She is a member of the Court of the University of Derby.


Vic Sharratt
Vic Sharratt


Current president of TWASI

A passionate wildlife photographer for over ten years Vic turned professional in March 2002 and served for over five years as Chairman of THE WILDLIFE ART SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL. In appreciation of his dedicated service he was made ‘Honorary Fellow’ of the Society in 2008 and he is now the current President.
Vic has an exhibition running in Kenya and is mounting a ‘retrospective’ of his work in UK later this year. A contributor of photography and articles to various magazines his work can be seen regularly in the pages of the quarterly arts magazine ‘WILDSCAPE’ During 2009 photography in Yellowstone NP; Minnesota; Mexico;** Bavaria and of course East Africa are among the destinations on his busy schedule.
I have been a professional wildlife photographer and independent tour leader for over 15 years. Articles and images have been published internationally, including the majority of UK photo magazines, Kenya Airways in –flight magazine ‘MSAFARI’
and other periodicals in both USA & Kenya. Currently I have a permanent photo exhibition at the world famous Governors’ Camp in the Masai Mara, Kenya. 



Ken Stroud


My aim when producing one of my wildlife paintings is to impart something of the lifestyle and character of the animals I paint. All too often, wildlife paintings are sterile, static portraits of animals, rendered in great detail, but tell the viewer little about the animal or its way of life. Wild animals are alive, they hunt, mate, react with other animals, fight and search for food. These are the stories I want to show my prospective buyers, not just beautifully rendered, photorealistic portraits.

Having been fortunate to have travelled to some beautiful and amazing countries, I have tried to absorb some the atmosphere, observe the special light and watch the animals that inhabit my paintings.

I have travelled in Africa; Kenya and Tanzania, witnessing the drama of the plains animals, the big five and so many other fantastic inhabitants of this magical country. To Canada; the Rockies, for elk, bear, big horn, deer, prairie dogs and fantastic scenery., In Austria I visited the Bayeriche Forest located on the Austrian/ Czech border in winter snow to watch and photograph bears, lynx, wolves and bison.

Such is my interest in wildlife art that fifteen years ago, along with a couple of other artists, I started The Wildlife Art Society International – TWASI, for which I served as the Chairman and President. I am now the Immediate Past President and Founder. The society has gained a truly international following. Other areas of interest include North American Indians and historic reproductions. I am also a Signature Member of the international group Artists for Conservation (AFC).


Jan Sweeney Honorary Member Photo
Jan Sweeney


The daughter of an Irish vet, Jan Sweeney grew up in the open countryside of East Anglia, on the east coast of England.  Her early training was at Colchester Art School and she followed this with three years working in Verona, Italy, under sculptor Mike Noble. She first visited Africa in 1985 and the African scene and wildlife had a powerful influence on her work.
She now has her own workshop and foundry in Zimbabwe where she does her own casting. Jan divides her time between her lakeside cottage at Lake Chivero, Zimbabwe and her house in Somerset, England.  Her work, therefore, portrays the animals of the English countryside and the game of the African bush.  Horses are a particular love of this accomplished horsewoman who has competed successfully in both eventing and dressage.

Ruth Pizzichemi

Ruth Baker Walton/ Pizzichemi

As a professional wildlife artist I paint under the name of Ruth Baker Walton. I am a Fellow and former President of The Wildlife Art Society Internatioand exhibit regularly with their regional and national exhibitions.

In 2008 I was awarded the society’s top accolade “The Christopher Parsons Award for Artistic Excellence”. This award is presented for a portfolio of 4 specific paintings under a connecting theme.

My work, which is inspired by my annual trips to Africa, is mainly watercolour with some pastel and pencil work which I often combined with washes of water based media. With the need for individuality in wildlife art I recently began exploring the interaction between birds and animals in my compositions, with the bird taking pride of place. I have also combined wildlife subjects with human portraits and behaviour in a symbolic way. Most of my work recreates either the atmosphere or drama of a wildlife encounter. In some of my current work I have experimented with the use of monochrome for the majority of the painting with the focal point done in colour which then ‘bleeds’ into the main part of the work to avoid creating the effect of two separate pictures.

Although watercolour is not a medium favoured by most wildlife artists I enjoy it’s challenge and the wonderful unexpected results from using it wet into wet for some subjects. Although I endeavour to paint wildlife with realism and conviction I prefer to use subtle watercolour washes to suggest habitat and create atmosphere rather than attempt ‘photo realism’. However, for more detailed work I often combine it with pastel, pencil or watercolour pencils. I have been fortunate to visit Africa annually for over 15 years and this is where I get my reference and inspiration. All my paintings are based on real life events which I have witnessed.

Apart from the Wildlife Art Society exhibitions my work has been exhibited and sold through Sotheby’s Wildlife Art Auctions, Nature in Art, Northern Exhibition of Wildlife Art and various regional and national exhibitions. I regularly give illustrated talks about Africa and the inspiration for my work, hold workshops and have written articles for a number of travel/art magazines.

I have produced work to raise funds for conservation organisations and charities, including an auction on board the S.S. Great Britain in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. I support the RSPB and WWF and locally I have raised funds with exhibitions for Secret World Wildlife Rescue.


Jon Horton Honorary Member for Twasi

John Horton


John Horton has been an active member of The Wildlife Art Society International ever since joining and has been an invaluable council member for the last 10 years. As the general contact between the council and the society members and the Annual Exhibition Coordinator he is well known to all the membership for his friendly, enthusiastic and efficient manner.

Coming from a farming background John has always enjoyed drawing and painting the countryside he has lived and worked in throughout his life. He specialises in large watercolour paintings depicting birds in landscape. These are inspired from observation and field sketches and the picture is developed through a free drawing process in the studio, which is then refined to the finished work using all available reference for accuracy and detail.

He travels widely and always has a sketchbook and camera at the ready to capture the events that will form the heart of a new picture. His art covers a wide variety of subject matter from general landscape and wildlife through to animal portraiture.

Watercolour is his favourite medium for its softness and subtlety but he also works in acrylic, oil and pencil.


 

 

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