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Friday, October 20, 2017

Welcome to my new Winter Catalogue 2017/2018

  Welcome to my brand new Winter catalogue containing all my new limited edition prints, Christmas cards, gift and home ware. You can download it by clicking on the downward facing arrow in the top right hand corner on the catalogue pictured above, or simply flick the pages on screen to see what’s available. Happy Browsing! And don’t miss my special Christmas offers! To help you fill those stockings this Christmas I have put together […]

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Robert Fuller Gallery: A Beautiful Beamed Space Dedicated Exclusively to my Art Work

Follow a single-track road as it drops into a deep fold of the Yorkshire Wolds landscape and you will, eventually, reach my home and gallery. Dedicated exclusively to my artwork, The Robert Fuller Gallery is a major draw to this remote Yorkshire region. Click here to read about the story of how it started as an collection of dilapidated farm buildings and was transformed to the beautiful beamed building you see today. Business at my […]

Thursday, October 19, 2017

From Cow Byre to Art Gallery: The History of The Robert Fuller Gallery

I met my wife Victoria when I was 20 and she was just 17. Six years later in June 1998, we moved to Fotherdale Farm, a house high on the Yorkshire Wolds owned by Lord Halifax. The house had been in a poor state of repair for some time, but had been recently renovated by the Garrowby Estate. However there was still plenty to do to turn it into a ‘home’. One of the first […]

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Designing a Wildlife Garden: The History of Fotherdale Farm

I have designed the garden at Fotherdale specifically to attract wildlife and many of my paintings are portraits of the wild creatures that now regularly visit it.  When my wife Victoria and I moved to Fotherdale, the garden had been leveled with a JCB digger and there were only two plants remaining – a red hot poker and a fushia. This was actually ideal because we had a blank canvas to work on. The first […]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wildlife in Winter: Why Yorkshire is a Great Place to see Waxwings

I always associate them with the run up to Christmas, when they arrive to escape the icy winters further north. So when I heard that they had begun arriving in record numbers one November along a few first flurries of snow, the news put me in seasonal mood. Waxwings migrate to the UK to take feed on our rowan berries when stocks in their native Scandinavia begin to run out. The first waxwings always land in flocks on the north east […]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Photographing hares boxing in snow

I’ve endured the icy winds of Antarctica in order to photograph wildlife for my paintings. But nothing in that cold climate compares to my ordeal of watching courting hares on the Yorkshire Wolds in 2010. As the country came to grips with one of the iciest cold snaps in decades, I spent 10 days trudging through thigh deep snow, sometimes for eight hours a day. When it snows on the Wolds, it really snows, and […]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wildlife in Winter: Why Owls Hoot Loudest in Autumn

We have five species of owl living in mainland Britain, but at this time of year you could be forgiven for thinking there is only one. Tawny owls make more noise than the other four species put together during October and November. And all this extra shrieking, hooting and ‘kee-wick’- ing is down to one thing: territory. Young birds are reaching maturity and looking for new homes while older birds are fighting to hold on […]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

How watching a group of hares in snow led to a new collection of winter hare paintings.

In order to photograph wildlife up close it is important to blend into the background. I have had plenty of practice and have a few tricks up my sleeve: a snow white ski suit, a balaclava made out of a pillowcase, white oven gloves and tailored white covers  to wrap around my camera and tripod. Click here to read about how I learned how to prepare for photographing wildlife in snow and see some of […]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Winter Wildlife: How heavy snow brought one of Europe’s most elusive birds, the woodcock, out of hiding

The birds that are hardest to observe usually give me the greatest rewards and the woodcock is of Europe’s most elusive birds. Essentially a wader, its plumage, an intricately patterned palette of russets, fawns, greys and blacks, is seamlessly camouflaged with the leaf litter of a woodland floor where it takes cover during the day, making it virtually impossible to observe. When disturbed, woodcock will break cover only at the last minute. Their flight is […]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wildlife in Winter: How the sight of a fox mousing in deep snow inspired a painting

This painting of a fox mousing in the snow forms part of a new collection of wildlife in winter due to go on show at my gallery on November 4th- 2th. For more information on what to expect at this event follow this link.  I spotted this fox as I was driving home late one evening. Dusk was just settling over the snowy landscape when I saw something moving by a straw stack. I stopped […]

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Countdown to my Christmas Exhibition: Finishing off the artwork

I still have some paintings to finish off for my exhibition, which opens on November 4th and runs until 26th. I work mainly in oils and it is necessary to leave each coat of paint to dry before I can add the next, so what I tend to do whilst I’m waiting for a coat of paint to dry on one painting is work on the next. Interestingly different pigments take differing amounts of time […]

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wildlife in Winter: Top 10 Wild Creatures to Look Out for in Winter

My Christmas exhibition will be a celebration of the stark beauty of the English countryside in winter, in particular its wealth of wildlife. Although this season is tough for birds and animals, it’s a good time to spot them in the wild since they are more focused on finding food and keeping warm than hiding from you. Read more about the event here.  I get some of my best sightings when the weather is cold. […]

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

You are cordially invited…..

The invitations to my exhibition have just arrived back from the printers. I’m really pleased with them. Now to deliver them to my wonderful customers! The event is gearing up to be a really festive experience. I’ve still got a lot of paintings to finish, but this kingfisher perched on a frosted rosehip branch is complete and I think it looks really good on the front of the invitations, don’t you? The theme for this […]

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

What to plant to attract a bullfinch to your garden and how I persuaded one to pose for its portrait

The kingfisher is undoubtedly this country’s most colourful bird. But second place has to go to the male bullfinch. With its smart black cap and tail, bright pinky-red breast, and eye-catching white rump, so conspicuous in flight, the bullfinch is a bird just asking to be painted. The problem is that it is such a shy bird. It tends not to stray far from cover unless travelling directly between feeding areas and is rarely obliging […]

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Australia’s Beautiful Birds of Prey

When I set off to Australia for a family holiday this summer, I was sure I would return with plenty of photographs of kangaroos and wallabies. But these creatures aren’t as easy to watch in the wild as you might think. It was just starting to get light when I saw my first wallaby hop across a track in front of me. I was on an early morning game drive through the Daintree National Park,  […]

Friday, October 6, 2017

Get Organised: Buy your 2018 Calendar or Diary Now!

My new calendars and diaries are now in stock. Get organised and order yours now! You can choose from a range of sizes and styles to suit your home and lifestyle, from a square wall calendar to a slim diary you can fit in your handbag. Enjoy a Robert E Fuller painting every month with my calendar collection. All public holidays and important dates are marked for your convenience. There is a small hole for […]

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My Christmas Exhibition will Focus on Wildlife in Winter

I’ve been very busy gearing up for my Christmas exhibition, which runs at my gallery in Thixendale, North Yorkshire, between November 4th-26th.  This year I’m planning to show a new collection of paintings featuring wild creatures posed against a winter-white backdrop. Foxes diving into deep snow drifts, hares warming in the winter sun and a kingfisher perched on a frosted branch are just some of the new winter wildlife paintings I plan to show. Painted in my […]

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Watching Red Squirrels in the Yorkshire Dales

On a trip to Anglesey a few years ago I was lucky enough to see a thriving colony of red squirrels and even to meet the head of an organisation responsible for conservation across the region: Dr Craig Shuttleworth of the Red Squirrels Trust Wales. Dr Shuttleworth gave me a leaflet about red squirrels with a map of Welsh populations and their distribution that dated back to 2000. The paper showed that this endangered species […]

Saturday, September 23, 2017

When a Yorkshire artist visited Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

I’ve just returned from a family holiday in Australia where I was lucky enough to visit the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system. And although I was overwhelmed by the reef – this 1,400 mile long structure consists of 2,900 individual reefs and is so big it is even visible from space – it was the sight of an osprey that inspired an idea for a painting. I spent a week touring […]

Friday, September 22, 2017

How I persuaded a hedgehog to pose for his portrait

I like to think there is a reciprocal relationship between my conservation work and my paintings – I do a creature a good turn and it helps me out by posing for its portrait. Never was this truer than with the painting of a hedgehog. I have never painted this prickly creature up until now as it’s a subject that I’ve always considered a bit ‘twee.’ In fact I have to confess to habitually letting out […]

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