Growing up in Dorset I developed an interest in wildlife and took every opportunity to immerse myself in the surrounding countryside. This led the way towards my degree in Wildlife Management & Conservation. After finishing my degree I spent the summer of 2009 on a wildlife research expedition in South Africa, volunteering on reserves. On returning I Moved to the Isle of Wight and started working with the birds of prey at Appuldurcombe house. Learning the art of falconry has proved to be most rewarding and provided me with unprecedented access to these fabulous creatures.
Whilst travelling in Canada I was inspired by the way the Native American artists depicted their wildlife and have emulated aspects of their style. To me the shape and form of birds in flight is something that I find fascinating. I try to focus on defining features and then spend time narrowing them down to its simplest form, with the use of flowing lines and colour for emphasis. Whilst still retaining their character.
To me, big cats represent the epitome of animal superbly adapted to their environment. They are magnificent creatures of beauty and power, combined with sublime grace.
Ingwe leopard Shiloweni