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My Painting of the Week | Autumn 2020

Welcome to your weekly update of all my latest wildlife paintings. I spend many hours watching wildlife in its natural habitat in order to capture the individual character of each of my animal subjects. Enjoy!

Click here to meet the wildlife models that inspire these paintings

November 21st, 2020


Painting of the Week

This week’s painting is a throwback to the summer before lockdown when I spent a happy day at Bempton Cliffs watching puffins. The towering chalk cliffs of Bempton is a mecca for wildlife and I also watched gannets and a peregrine falcon that day.

Click here to read the story.

puffin painting of the week
Puffins | Original Acrylic Painting |30″ X 22″| Buy HERE

November 14th, 2020

Pheasant on Snow Patrol

Painting of the Week

This painting was inspired by a particularly bossy pheasant. I had accidentally strolled into its territory and it marched right up to me. Although I didn’t pose any threat, it patrolled the invisible line of its territory, keeping its beady eyes on on me. 

Pheasant on Snow Patrol | Original Oil Painting | 19″x13.5″ | Buy HERE

November 7th, 2020

Mrs Kes Guarding her Nest

Painting of the Week
This portrait was inspired by the remarkable courage of a female kestrel whose brave battle to hang on to her nest despite several attacks from tawny owls, barn owls and jackdaws inspired us all to keep going during lockdown – and I hope will give us the courage we need during this second wave!
Kestrel Painting of the Week
Mrs Kes | Original Acrylic Painting | 30″ X 22″| Available Here

October 29th, 2020

Tawny Owl on the Lookout

Painting of the Week

Tawny owls become very aggressive in autumn as they fight one another over territory and at times the battles can be vicious. The tawny owl featured in this painting actually lost an eye in one such spat.  At the time I thought its modelling career was over, but thankfully the eye healed and I went on to paint this portrait.

Click here to read more about tawny owls in autumn and to see how this owl recovered

tawny owl print
Tawny Owl on the Lookout | Limited Edition Print | 23x15cm| Click to Buy

October 22nd, 2020

Two Weasel Kits Branching Out

Painting of the Week

In this painting I wanted to capture the playful nature of weasels as well as their phenomenal climbing skills. I had seen these two kits chase one another along this impossibly thin twig and was amazaed. I hadn’t realised what incredible poise and balance weasels had until I started watching them closely.

Click here to read about my research into weasel behaviour

weasel painting
Two Weasel Kits Branching Out | Original Painted in Acrylic, Gouache & Pencil |11″ x 8.5″ |£2,750| Buy Now

October 12th, 2020

Grey Partridge Pair

Painting of the Week

I painted this some time ago now and was reminded of it after spotting some grey partridges out in a stubble field this week. Grey partridges, also known as English partridges, are a native species, but it is rare these days to spot them. Here on the Yorkshire Wolds, you are more likely to see a red-legged, or French, partridge. 

painting of the week grey partridge
Grey Partridge Pair | Art Print | More like this

October 6th, 2020

Badger and Two Cubs

Painting of the Week

It’s National Badger Day today and so something from my collection of badger paintings seems an appropriate choice. I’ve watched generations of badgers grow up at the sett near my home on the Yorkshire Wolds. This painting was only possible once the badger clan got to know me well enough to emerge from their underground den with their cubs.

Click here to see more of my badger art | Click here to read about the wild badger models in this painting

badgers - natural treasures
Badger and Two Cubs | Limited Edition Print |45x30cm | Buy Now


September 30th, 2020

Blue Tit on Lookout

Painting of the Week

I am always on the lookout for interesting backdrops for my bird portraits and autumn berries are a great favourite. Here, I chose a spray of red hawthorn berries to balance this blue tit’s strident pose. I like the way the dark red colour offset the blue too. Have you ever noticed that a blue tit’s legs are also blue?

painting of the week
Blue Tit on Lookout | Limited Edition Print | Shop Here

September 24th, 2020

Squirrel Nutkin

My Painting of the Week

To mark Red Squirrel Awareness Week this week, I’m pledging £10 from every sale of my limited edition print ‘Squirrel Nutkin’ to Red Squirrels NE, a conservation partnership protecting red squirrels across the north of England. Red squirrel populations are still tragically low in England and I hope together we can raise enough to help restore numbers.

Click here to read about the red squirrels I photographed in Yorkshire for this painting

painting of the week red squirrel
Squirrel Nutkin | Limited Edition Art Print | Shop Now & Support Red Squirrel NE

September 14th, 2020

Pheasant’s Flight

My Painting of the Week

I was trying to get across the essence of the Yorkshire Wolds in this painting, with its criss-cross of dale sides and its abundant wildlife. I wanted to capture that moment when you turn a corner on a walk and come across a wonderful wildlife scene like this.

paiting of the week pheasants
Pheasants Flight | Original Acrylic Painting | 29.5″ x 19.5″ | Shop Here

September 7th, 2020

Hedgehog in Autumn Leaves

My Painting of the Week

When this hoglet got caught in a rat trap in my garden, I took it indoors and nursed it back to health. But before I released it back into the wild I took some, artful, photographs of it posing in a bed of autumn leaves as studies for this painting.

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Hedgehog in Autumn Leaves | Limited Edition Print | Shop Here

September 1st, 2020

Puffin Trio

My Painting of the Week 

I’m kicking off this autumn with a look back at summer and my painting of this ‘trio of puffins’. Commissioned just before lockdown, thankfully I had plenty of research material to work from in order to complete this painting in my studio. I have photographed puffins often, travelling both tothe Farne Islands and, closer to home, at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, to watch them and so I have many stories to tell of their antics in paint. 

Read about the puffins that inspired this painting here

Puffin Trio | Original Acrylic Painting | 10.75″ x 7″ | Shop Now


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Follow the link below to see my summer choices for ‘wildlife painting of the week’. 

My Painting of the Week | Summer 2020

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