Original Gouache, Acrylic & Pencil Painting of a Stoat and Kits
by Robert E Fuller
Image size: 14" x 11"
Framed size: 23.75" x 21.5"
About this painting: This is Bandita, who is due to become a TV star. The story of how she raised a litter of kits in my garden is to feature on BBC Natural World. In this painting I wanted to capture how protective she was as a mother. She would move her kits whenever she sensed danger - making it a challenge to film her.
About the Artist Robert E Fuller is one of Britain's foremost wildlife artists. He paints in acrylics and oils, favouring a highly-detailed realistic style. His commitment to authenticity is second to none.
Robert goes to extraordinary lengths to accurately reflect the behaviour and character of his wild subjects and spends months in the field painstakingly studying a particular animal or bird before settling down to paint it back in his studio.
Regarded as an expert on wildlife matters, Robert regularly features on television and his unique footage of animal behaviour has been broadcast on primetime TV programmes, including BBC Springwatch, The One Show and Countryfile. He also writes a regular wildlife column for the Country Week supplement in the Yorkshire Post.
Robert's intimate understanding of British wildlife was undoubtedly shaped by his upbringing on a farm on the Yorkshire Wolds, close to where he still lives, and many of his paintings feature the wildlife he finds on his doorstep. But his scope is global and each year he travels overseas to study different species in their native habitats.
Robert spends months studying a particular animal or bird before settling down to accurately reflect the behaviour and character of his wild subjects in his compositions. Robert's pictures are painted from photographs taken in situ and have also been informed by extensive video surveillance. "I prefer a detailed painting style to portray wildlife as accurately as possible," he explains."I paint from photographs and my work begins months before I sit down at my easel. I built habitats for different species and put up props for wild creatures to wander onto the set and 'pose' for their portraits."
See below a short video of me put the final touches to this original painting.