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Telling The Stories Of My Wildlife Paintings In Film

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 with you via a series of short films.  I hope you enjoy watching my art compositions come to life and do keep checking in since I will update this post as I produce more paintings.


The Story Behind Painting the Wildlife in my Garden

An increasing proportion of my animal portraits feature creatures that live in my garden in North Yorkshire. I have developed this space into a haven for wildlife, creating ideal habitats for stoats, weasels, owls, and kestrels and I follow the stories of these animal families via surveillance cameras.

Click here to read how I turned my garden into a haven for wildlife

The following short film describes how the footage inspires my art.  

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The Story Behind a New Painting of a Stoat Mum

The short film below demonstrates how I was inspired to paint Bandita, an ermine stoat in my garden in North Yorkshire. Bandita recently featured on TV after being filmed bringing up a litter of kits here. In my artwork, 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. She was also a very playful animal. Watch her romp about with her young, teaching them the skills they will need to survive in adult life. I hope you like the finished artwork.

Click here to read more on the challenges of filming Bandita

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The Story Behind a New Painting of Oystercatchers

The following short film tells the story of a very unusual commission. I was asked by children’s author David Brazier to paint the oystercatchers that flock on the beach at Craster harbour in Northumberland. The picture was to commemorate his upcoming engagement to his fiance. I had free reign over my composition, but he asked for me to include the date of the engagement in the painting. The date, the 11th of 11th, is an auspicious one. I decided to paint it onto a boat tied up in the harbour. At that David asked me to name the boat after his intended’s mother. It is the first time I have included symbolism in one of my wildlife paintings! 

See how I traveled to Craster to gather reference material in this film below and keep watching to see how I accomplish the finished piece.

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The Story Behind Paintings of Scotland’s Wildlife

Every year I make time for a visit to Scotland, where the wildlife is unfailingly spectacular. On one such trip, I got caught out by unseasonably heavy snowfall and was treated to some inspirational sightings. The following film clip tells the story of how these magical encounters inspired a new collection of paintings.

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The Story Behind my Painting of an Industrial Peregrine 

An opportunity to watch a family of peregrine falcons nesting on a vast industrial site was the inspiration for a new portrait of a peregrine in a modern backdrop. The setting was a first for me since I usually only ever paint animals in a countryside habitat. 

The landscape at Saltend Chemicals Park is harsh and unforgiving. There’s barely a blade of grass in sight, even the air is heavy with the smell of industry. And so to watch a pair of peregrines swoop through the metal structures to their nest was inspirational. Watch this clip to see how I translated their story into art.

Click here to read the full story of this peregrine pair

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The Story Behind my Paintings of Animals From Around the World

It is the magical moments between animals that inspire my compositions. From elephants clashing tusks to giraffes twisting necks, the following clip is a montage of photographs and films of animals from around the globe that have sparked new artworks. See how I develop my photographs and film of marine iguanas sunbathing, waved albatross clashing beaks, lions baring teeth into paintings.

The Story Behind My Wildlife Art

Learn more about my painting process in the following video which takes you through my creative journey; from my field studies to each finished piece: 

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Click here to see my latest original wildlife paintings 

Click here to see my collection of limited edition prints featuring birds

Click here to see my collection of limited edition prints featuring mammals

Click here for my worldwide wildlife collection

Click here for my collection of limited edition prints featuring owls



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