Robert E Fuller Wildlife Artist Blog

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As a wildlife artist, I spend my time watching and photographing animals in their natural habitat to gain a thorough understanding of their individual characters. Each new composition begins outdoors as I follow an animal in the wild to learn its unique story and ends in my studio where I apply a detailed, precise painting style to create my life-like portraits. In this blog post, I hope to share my painting process for different artworks […]

wildlife art exhibition nunnington hall

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A collection of my paintings goes on show at Nunnington Hall near Helmsley North Yorkshire on Saturday until November 3rd. The exhibition, ‘Wildlife on the Yorkshire Wolds’, tells the story of the kestrels, weasels, stoats, badgers and owls I watch at my home in Thixendale. My wildlife films, taken from cameras hidden in my garden, and stories of my animal observations will be on show alongside the artwork. Nunnington Hall has a long tradition of […]

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As I look back at the pictures I’ve painted in 2017, I’m reminded of all the adventures I’ve had out watching wildlife this year. It’s been incredible. My personal highlight was watching kingfishers inside their nest and as you can see by the pictures posted below I was so inspired by the experience I produced a flurry of paintings of these beautiful birds over the year. But it hasn’t been just about kingfishers. The stoats […]

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I am currently exhibiting a new collection of paintings of wildlife in winter and I thought I would share with you the photographic and video research that went into this new series. I am particularly interested in how animals behave when the temperatures drop and so whenever it snows I like to get out with my camera to see what I can find. This is a really magical time. Not only does the world turn […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Fidget my pet weasel

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I’ve been watching a family of wild weasels in my garden for two years, monitoring their lives closely via surveillance cameras hidden in the shrubbery. It’s been fascinating following their story through the seasons, from the moment the adult pair mated, to the birth of the kits and on to watching the young on their first hunting lesson. I’ve learned some interesting things about these tiny mammals along the way. For instance how early the […]

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UPDATE: I’VE FINISHED IT!  SEE BELOW. I hope you like the final painting. It goes on show at my latest Winter exhibition, which opens on Saturday. Read more…… As you can see from the date that I began this blog, it takes a long long time to paint in oils.  Click here to read this blog post about how I structure my time when I have a big composition like this one to complete. I’m afraid, […]

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Albatross Pair, painted by Robert E Fuller. More info and to buy As Valentine’s Day approaches I have been thinking about whether animals experience the same emotions that we do. And, in particular, whether they feel love in the same way?  As someone who has spent my life observing animals and birds in the wild, I believe they do, although obviously they are not as intelligent. I think we share all the same emotions – grief, […]

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Playful stoat cubs, acrylic painting by Robert E Fuller I have a fantastic video clip of a stoat examining the ice on the pond in my garden. It’s incredible to watch the stoat as it encounters the thin film of ice on the water. This young male is just a year old so it could possibly be the first time it has come across ice. Watch the video link below to see how it pauses […]

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