It is with great sadness that untimely death of Georgina has been announced. Georgina had been a member of TWASI for a number of years and she has many friends and colleagues amongst the membership who will miss both herself and her beautiful artwork.
We send our deepest sympathy to her husband and family at this sad time.
Here are a few words by Georgina herself describing her life and love of art.
“I loved art from a very early age and it was always my favourite subject at school. I went on to take a degree in graphic design but due to lack of encouragement from my tutors I abandoned art for a career in marketing.
Having always been an animal lover, it was my own dog that finally inspired me to take up art again and in 1991 I created a portrait of her in coloured pencils – my first animal portrait. In 1998 I tried pastels, fell in love with the medium and discovered my true passion for drawing animals. I painted several animal portraits for family and friends over the years, while working full time. In 2009 I decided to actively seek commissions, created a website and attended events promoting and demonstrating my work. It proved very successful and in 2010 I gave up the “day job” and am now a full time artist.
Much of my work is pet portraiture, often for someone who has just lost their beloved companion, and being able to give them a beautiful memento means almost as much to me as it does to them. I work quite intuitively, which is very helpful when painting animals that have sadly passed.
Wildlife art presents me with a different creative challenge, but for both types of art my objective is to bring out the spirit and personality of the individual subject and to portray my deep appreciation of its beauty. I attend several exhibitions throughout the year including The National Exhibition of Wildlife Art and annual exhibitions for The Marwell International Wildlife Art Society, The Natural World Art Group, The Association of Animal Artists and The Wildlife Art Society International. Limited edition prints of my artworks are available to order from my website.
At the start of 2011 I was lucky enough to go on safari to the Maasai Mara in Kenya and this was an unbelievable experience that has given me so much inspiration and even more passion for wildlife.
In 2013 I was thrilled to win the overall BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year competition, after being a finalist in 2011 and 2012. I am also through to the finals of the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2014 competition with two pieces.”
You can still view Georgina’s artwork on her web site: www.animalspiritart.co.uk