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DAVID SHEPHERD CBE. 1931 – 2017.

We heard with great sadness of the death of David Shepherd, wildlife artist, outspoken conservationist, and founder of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation charity.

David was a Patron of TWASI for many years until his health declined, and he attended many events, always showing great interest in the Society’s artists and our conservation ethic. He was a genuinely gregarious man, very generous with his time.

One of the methods he used to raise funds was to donate his own artwork, inspiring many other wildlife artists to do the same for conservation causes.
I can remember many auctions of wildlife art that he arranged at Christies, and with David himself as the Auctioneer, what hilarious - but profitable – evenings they were!

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation that he founded supports far-reaching projects for the conservation of endangered mammals, and also supports both the wildlife Rangers and the indigenous rural communities.
David drew the public’s attention by illustrated talks over many years, and I am sure he inspired thousands not only to see the value of conservation, but also to appreciate the genre of wildlife art.

The link between these is the way in which we can all give something back to the animals that we love to depict.
David will be sorely missed, but I am sure that the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation will ensure that his legacy lives on.

Sarais Crawshaw

David Shepherd Obituary

Anthony Hodgson

New Honorary Fellow Member John Horton

The council of The Wildlife Art Society International has great pleasure in announcing the election of a new Honorary Fellow Member John Horton. The decision to award this honorary membership is taken on account of the dedication to and work done on behalf TWASI by this member over a number of years. All members of the council are un paid volunteers who devote much of their time to work on your behalf, to organise and run the Society as efficiently as possible.John Horton Honorary Member for Twasi

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.


A Brush with Africa Newsletter - March 2018






Derek Leslie Walker

Derek Walker Twasi Chairman

3rd June 1947 – 15th January 2016
Chairman of The Wildlife Art Society International

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of our chairman, Derek Walker after a short illness.

Derek trained as a pattern maker before moving into quality control but always had an interest in art. He and his wife, Trisha, moved to St. Ives in Cornwall four years ago and he was very pleased to have his own purpose built studio as was featured in volume 4 of ‘On the Wild Side’. In recent years Derek was spending a great deal of his time on conservation projects and was using his art to highlight many of the issues which concerned him and he was also writing a book about the Natural History of The St Ives Island which regrettably remains unfinished.

He worked many long hours in supporting and promoting the interest of TWASI and his presence will be sorely missed by everyone who worked with him. Derek chose to be buried in a beautiful woodland setting at Penwith Woodland Burial Place, Rose Farm, Chyenhal, Cornwall.



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