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Barnacle Geese, Winter Afternoon by Dafila Scott, winner of the 2014 Birdwatch Artist of the Year award


SWLA THE NATURAL EYE 52nd Annual Exhibition

29th October to the 8th November 2015


Harriet Mead Two hoe Hare Welded found objects 2


SWLA President’s Foreword

Welcome to The Natural Eye, the 52nd annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists. This is my sixth year as President and each year I look forward to seeing the work that my fellow artists have created for the exhibition. The variety of approaches, techniques and skills on display are always an inspiration and makes me very proud of the Society. However, the finished works on the walls and plinths of this exhibition are only part of the story. Many of our artists spend time observing their subjects in the field and this knowledge helps bring life to their finished works. This is a landmark exhibition for the Society as these skills have been recognised in three major collaborative projects: one with the British Trust for Ornithology, one with the RSPB and one with the Wildlife Trusts. Many of our artists, myself included, have been fortunate enough to be involved with these projects and spending time with experts in the field brings a whole new understanding to the subject. There are articles about all three collaborations within this catalogue and work from the artists is on display in the show. I am thrilled that the BTO, RSPB and Wildlife Trusts chose to work with us and that they recognise the benefits of using art to communicate to new audiences. I hope that there will be many more such collaborations in the future. The skills of the Society are also being shared through our program of workshops as part of our events calendar this year. Printmaking workshops exploring linocuts, monoprints and dry point are scheduled in addition to lectures and talks during the exhibition. Our Friends Scheme is expanding and is well worth joining as you will be given reduced rates for the workshops and opportunities to join studio visits and tours. Visit our website or ask at the front desk for more details. The skills of individuals within the Society are very much an inspiration to fellow artists and I am sad to report that we lost three key members over the past year. There are tributes to John Busby, David Koster and Keith Shackleton MBE on display in the show and within these pages. Their respective legacies remain not just in the beautiful art they produced but through the countless artists that they have inspired. The Society shows ‘Art inspired by the natural world’ and I feel that this year’s exhibition truly encapsulates that statement. I do hope you enjoy the exhibition and take a little of that inspiration away with you.

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SWLA Overview

PRESIDENT

Harriet Mead

VICE-PRESIDENTS

Robert Gillmor, Bruce Pearson, Andrew Stock

SECRETARY

Chris Rose

TREASURER

Max Angus

COUNCIL

Brin Edwards, Robert Greenhalf, Nik Pollard, Barry Sutton

FBA GOVERNOR

Esther Tyson

NEWSLETTER EDITOR

Darren Rees

ENQUIRIES TO

The Federation of British Artists: 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD Telephone: 020 7930 6844 Fax: 020 7839 7830 Registered Charity No. 328717

COVER IMAGE

Dafila Scott, Swifts over the fen, Acrylic

SWLA HISTORY

In the late 1950s the original work of wildlife artists was not readily available to the ever-growing numbers of people developing an interest in natural history. With the formation of a Society very much in mind, Robert Gillmor and Eric Ennion, with the enthusiastic support of Peter Scott and Keith Shackleton, organised an Exhibition by Contemporary Bird Painters which was opened by Lord Alanbroke in the Reading Art Gallery in 1960. Maurice Bradshaw, then Director of the Art Exhibition Bureau, joined the Organising Committee and, as a result, the Bureau took the exhibition on tour for a year. The great interest shown by provincial galleries extended the tour for a further year. During this period the organisers were joined by R.B. Talbot-Kelly and Maurice Wilson to plan a Society and invite Founder-Members. James Fisher opened the inaugural Exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists at 6 ½ Suffolk Street in August 1964. For more information on the SWLA including how to submit work visit: www.swla.co.uk

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Esther Tyson Fox study Oil 5


SWLA Members

Akroyd, Carry Angus, Max Atkinson, Kim Barrett, Priscilla Bennett, David Binder, Adam Brown, Diana Burn, Hilary Burton, Philip J K Clucas, Fiona Cole, Daniel Dalrymple, Neil Davis, John Derry, Nick Dusen, Barry van Ede, Basil Edwards, Brin Edwards, Victoria Ellis, Carl Eveleigh, John Gemma, Federico Gillmor, Robert Goold, Madeline Greenhalf, Robert Gudgeon, Simon Hampton, Michael Haslen, Andrew Haste, Kendra Hodges, Gary Johnson, Rosalie Kokay, Szabolcs Lockwood, Rachel Mead, Harriet Michel, Sally Moger, Jill

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4 Luddington in the Brook, Oundle, East Northamptonshire PE8 5QU Barn Tye Studios, 4 Barn Tye Close, Guston, Kent CT15 5ND Ty’n Gamdda, Uwchmynydd, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 8DA Jack Of Clubs, Lode, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB5 9HE 16 Pearl Street, Starbeck, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 4QW The Calf House, Marston Hill Farm, Meysey Hampton, Cirencester, Glos. GL7 5LG Shannel Ballogie, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire AB34 5DR Huish Cleeve Cottage, Huish Champflower, Taunton, Somerset TA4 2HA High Kelton, Doctors Commons Road, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 3DW 44 Greengate, Levens, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 8NF The Old Bakery Studios, Blewetts Wharf, Malpas Road, Truro TR1 1QH 9a Llys-Y-Berllan, Ruthin, Denbighshire LL15 1PJ 6 Redmoor, Birdham, Chichester, West Sussex PO20 7HS 19 Tyning Close, Pendeford, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV9 5QH c/o New East Frew, Thornhill, Stirling FK8 3QX Mark Cross House, Ripe, Nr. Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6AN 59 Barracks Road, Assington, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 5LP 403 London Road, Ditton, Aylesford, Kent ME20 6DB Micklow Bungalow, Eccleshall Road, Stone, Staffs ST15 0BY 4 Broadfield Road, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2JT Via Michele Barbi 12, Rome, Italy 00125 North Light, Hilltop, Cley-next-the-Sea, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7SE The Birches, Brake Lane, Hagley, Worcestershire DY8 2XN Romney House, Saltbarn Lane, Playden, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7PH Pallington Lakes, Pallington, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8QU 13 Sandy Way, Shirley, Croydon, Surrey CR0 8QT College Farm, Preston, St Mary, Suffolk CO10 9NQ 2 Chalk Lane, Epsom, Surrey KT18 7AR 7 Marlborough Mews, London SW2 5TE 18 Clevedon Road, Richmond Bridge, East Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 2HU Facanos Utca, 14-1, Hungary - 1213 Pinkfoot Gallery, High Street, Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR25 7RB End Cottage, 24 Westgate Street, Hilborough, Thetford IP26 5BN 30 Woodland Way, Bidborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 0UY The Studio, 75 Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, Yorkshire YO26 6NA


Neill, William Paige, John Parry, David Partington, Peter Pearson, Bruce Phillips, Antonia Pollard, Nik Poole, Greg Proud, Alastair Reaney, John Rees, Darren Rich, Andrea Rose, Chris Schmidt, Christopher Scott, Dafila Stock, Andrew Sutton, Barry Sykes, Thelma Threlfall, John Tratt, Richard Turvey, Simon Tyson, Esther Underwood, Matthew Warren, Michael Woodhead, Darren Wootton, Tim

Rannachan, Askernish, South Uist, Western Isles HS8 5SY The Manor House, Kings Cliffe, Peterborough, Northamptonshire PE8 6XB Holly Hall, The Old School, Milton Lilbourne, Pewsey, Wiltshire SN9 5LQ Kettlebaston Hall, Nr Ipswich, Suffolk IP7 7QA 5 Marshall Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB1 7TY Willow Cottage, 38 South Mill Lane, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3PN 51 Concorde Drive, Bristol BS10 6PY 32 Kersteman Road, Redland, Bristol, Avon BS6 7BX Plas Bach, Newchurch, Camarthen, Dyfed SA33 6EJ 1 Buxton Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 5DE New East Frew, Thornhill, Stirling FK8 3QX 706 Western Drive, Santa Cruz CA 95060 6 Whitelee Cottages, Newtown St. Boswells, Melrose, Roxburghshire TD6 0SH Zum Brook 7, 24238 Bauersdorf White Roses, The Hythe, Reach, Cambridgeshire CB25 0JQ 8 Upper Street, Quainton, Bucks HP22 4AY 27 Redlands Lane, Emsworth, Hants PO10 7UT Blue Neb Studios, 18 Newcroft, Saughall, Chester, Cheshire CH1 6EL Saltflats Cottage, Rockcliffe, Kirkcudbrightshire DG5 4QQ 10 Sharpley Close, Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 1LG 2 York Rise, Orpington, Kent BR6 8PR 6 Rathbourne Croft, Nethergreen, Parwich, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1QH 46 Western Avenue, Barton on Sea, New Milton, Hampshire BH25 7PZ The Laurels, The Green, Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire NG24 2NR 2 Ivory Court, Langriggs, Haddington, East Lothian EH41 4BY Dale Farmhouse, Evie, Orkney KW17 2PJ

ASSOCIATE Members Foker, John Johnson, Richard Jones, Kittie Manning, Julia Sinden, Chris Smith, Jane Sweeney, Jason Woodhams, Ben

37 South Terrace, Esh Winning, Co Durham DH7 9PS 168 Kendal Way, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 1LT 27/9 St Leonards St, Edinburgh EH8 9QN 2 Rosebank, Queen Street, Keinton Mandeville, Somerset TA11 6EQ 47 Colliers Field, Cinderford, Gloucestershire GL14 2SW Cariel, Kintallen, Tayvallich, Lochgilphead, Argyll PA31 8PR Millhouse, Eyemouth, Berwickshire TD14 5RE Praestegaardvejen 1A, Vestermarie, 3700 Roenne, Bornholm, Denmark

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Jill Moger Pod of baby Caiman Crocodiles Stoneware 8


SWLA Friends

The SWLA Friends scheme was set up to encourage involvement from people who have an interest in art and the natural world. Funds raised from the Friends’ support will help to ensure that the SWLA continues to offer bursaries and opportunities for young and emerging artists and will enable the Society to explore new relationships between artists and conservation organisations. In the 20 years since its inception our Bursary scheme has awarded over 80 bursaries to artists who have needed support with a project or help with new skills and techniques for their artistic development. Currently we offer places on the Seabird Drawing Course (pg 54) which is a marvellous way of mentoring artists during an intense course of field working. In addition we accept applications for general bursary proposals from individuals who need help with specific projects or skills. We are also delighted to announce that the Wildlife Trusts will continue their Underwater Art Award into 2016. This gives an artist the opportunity to become an open water scuba diver and the chance to create work in response to the marine life off our UK coasts (pg 50). The BTO/SWLA Flight lines (pg 16) is an exciting collaboration that shows how artists can work with other organisations to help bring conservation and research stories to a much wider audience. With your support we can expand on these opportunities and increase our projects so that the enthusiasm, expertise and talents of our artists can go even further.

Become a Friend of the SWLA and not only will you be helping to nurture artists inspired by the natural world you will also enjoy the following privileges: 1. Attend the private view of the annual exhibition and enjoy a buffet lunch 2. Free entry to exhibitions and lectures arranged by the Society and admit a limited number of guests 3. Receive a Friends newsletter biannually 4. Opportunity to take part in visits to member artists’ studios 5. Receive discounts on events, workshops and courses offered by the SWLA 6. Friends will be entered into a ballot where a proportion of the subscriptions will be devoted to the purchase of a work from the annual exhibition. The successful Friend will be told the amount available (currently £250) and invited to select his or her work from the show.

To become a friend of the Society please visit our website www.swla.co.uk

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John Busby 1928 - 2015 “A bird in flight, freed from the hold of the earth to move into the dimension of space, invisibly supported on currents of air where it may lift above your head or sweep away below in a twinkling, presents a wonderful challenge to the artist” and “Balance the drawing as delicately as the bird rides the wind” - words from the late John Busby. John’s drawings flowed with life and character, his birds and animals deftly flew and skipped across the page with a movement seldom achieved before and he was a natural teacher, with never-ending patience and generosity. He always had the ability to lift the room in his own quiet and unassuming way, but it would not be long before he would burst into gentle, quick humour followed by the inevitable chuckle. John shared his knowledge, passion and enthusiasm freely with those who were lucky enough to spend time with him. Many artists, both amateur and professional, learnt much from him and enjoyed his infectious love of seeing, observing, painting and drawing. John was born in Bradford in 1928 and studied at both Leeds and Edinburgh College of Art, teaching at the latter from 1956 to 1988. He was a founder member of the Society of Wildlife Artists, and a key member of the Artists for Nature Foundation. He also served as President of the Society of Scottish Artists from 1973-75, and was a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and of the Royal Scottish Academy. In 2009 he was declared ‘Master Wildlife Artist’ by the USA’s most prestigious wildlife art institution the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. He illustrated numerous books and published several of his own, most famous of which is probably ‘Drawing Birds’ published in 2004 to much acclaim. In 1988, he began a Seabird Drawing Course based in East Lothian, which continues to this day. The course itself has seen hundreds of students through its doors, some of whom went on to become SWLA members. In typically generous style John delivered the course as a non profit-making venture aimed at developing creativity and enjoying working from life. The SWLA has awarded many bursaries for young artists to attend John’s course, and some have progressed from there to become members of the society. The world has lost an immense talent, a rare visionary and a true gentleman, but it has gained one of the most influential legacies of our time, and he has and will go on, teaching us how to see for generations to come. John is survived by his wife Joan, three children, Philip, Rachel and Sarah, and nine grandchildren, to whom we offer our heartfelt sympathies.

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David Koster 1926 - 2015 David Koster was a founding member of the SWLA and exhibited with us every year until and including 2014. When recalling David’s work many of us immediately think first of those large, boldly executed and richly colourful lithographs, often of exotic pheasants. But this was just one facet of his prodigious output. Regular visitors to our annual exhibition will also have seen finely detailed etchings of great subtlety, perhaps of butterflies and plants, for different subjects require different approaches. In more recent years, there was a return to larger looser work, but this time in the form of woodcuts. These were freely cut into rough planks, the grain playing an important role and perfect for one of David’s favourite subjects, fish. David’s interests in both art and wildlife began at an early age. As a boarder at a progressive school in rural Sussex, creativity and individuality were nurtured and spare time could be spent watching birds and fishing. Three years at the Slade School of Fine Art followed, where he learnt wood engraving and lithography and made frequent visits to Hampstead Heath to observe and sketch birds, fish and insects. Slade was interrupted by two years National Service mainly spent in the Far East, with the opportunity to observe and record a whole new fauna and flora. David’s long association with the Highlands of Scotland and in particular with Plockton on the West Coast began in 1952. Although he moved to Folkestone in 1966 to take up a post as tutor in Printmaking and Drawing, he and his wife Kath kept a toe-hold in Plockton for the long Summer holidays. When the Folkestone School of Art closed he commuted to Medway College of Design in Chatham, before retiring from teaching in 1989. Whilst at Medway College he learned the technique of etching, he found this, the ideal medium for depicting the Alpine flower and butterfly subjects from continued holidays he and Kath had begun taking in the Austrian and Italian Alps. The chalk downland around Folkestone also provided a rich source of inspiration with its many species of orchids and butterflies. In 2005 Wildside Books published “David Koster, Artist, Printmaker and Naturalist.” It is lavishly illustrated with drawings, watercolours and prints spanning sixty five years, and the informative text is peppered with anecdotes and diary entries. David was a valued member and stalwart of the SWLA and he will be greatly missed, both for his lively prints and for his infectious enthusiasm for wildlife and the printmaking process.

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Keith Hope Shackleton MBE 1923 – 2015 Keith Shackleton was one of those rare individuals who excel at just about anything they turn their hands to. Quite apart from being a great painter, one can list among his many other achievements; wildlife conservationist, naturalist, television presenter, pilot and internationally acclaimed yachtsman to name but a few. As well as being a founder member and former president of the SWLA he was also President of the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA). In 1986 he received the award of ‘Master Artist’ by North America’s foremost wildlife art institution the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, and in 2012 he was awarded the MBE for services to wildlife conservation. Keith Hope Shackleton was born on January 16th 1923. The son of a leading aircraft designer, he served five years in the RAF and after the war joined the family aviation business as a salesman and pilot. Although painting only in his spare time, demand for his work increased to the point where, in 1960, he decided to become a full-time artist. His passion for small-boat sailing saw him representing Great Britain several times in international regattas and on four occasions he was crew aboard the winning boat in the international ‘Prince of Wales Cup’ for 14ft dinghies. Keith did much for wildlife conservation. He was a founder member, Trustee and Vice-President of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) and actively supported conservation in Antarctica, a part of the world he had a special affinity with and visited often. In the mid 60’s Keith joined Johnny Morris as co-presenter of the memorable ‘Animal Magic’ programme and later fronted his own television series ‘Animals in Action’. Keith was a great inspiration to many of us and was at his most brilliant when painting the sea, producing many large and memorable oil paintings of seabirds gliding over tumultuous seas. For those who knew him he was a kind and generous man with a great sense of humour and an often mischievously witty turn of phrase; a great raconteur who had a seemingly endless fund of stories and anecdotes, drawn from a rich life filled with enviably fascinating adventures. He was a modest and self-deprecating man with infinite charm and was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts and condolences go to his wife, Jacqueline, and to all of his family.

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John Threlfall Dash of red (detail), Redstart studies 16


BTO/SWLA Flight Lines Project

Throughout summer 2015, a number of SWLA member artists have been paired with bird ringers, nest recorders and others working on migrant birds as part of the British Trust for Ornithology BTO/SWLA Flight Lines project. The project seeks to portray our migrant birds, their habitats and the volunteers who study them, raising the profile of the research that is being done to understand the challenges that migrant birds face as they journey between Britain and Africa. This summer has seen SWLA artists documenting Cuckoos using stop-over sites in Italy’s Po Valley, Reed Warblers and Cuckoos in UK reed beds, Stonecurlews in the Brecks, Wood Warblers and Pied Flycatchers in Scotland, Sand Martins in Nottinghamshire and migrant birds on the island of Bardsey, among others. None of this would have been possible without the generosity and support of the artists and the volunteer ringers and nest recorders working on the birds. Perhaps most importantly, the project seeks to instil a sense of connection with the wider migratory journeys made by these summer visitors, so that people understand how what happens to these birds elsewhere in the world may determine how their populations fare here in Britain. The Flight Lines project has been made possible because of the generous legacy left by Penny Hollow and the kindness of her executors. Penny, a long-standing BTO member was a regular at SWLA exhibitions, a great supporter and a lay member of the SWLA. The bringing together of artists and scientists to raise the profile of our migrant birds is a fitting tribute to her interests. The wider work carried out by BTO researchers is funded in many different ways. As a charity, the BTO relies on the generosity of those individuals, trusts and businesses who support its work to deliver the evidence and research outputs that underpin conservation action and policy decisions. If you would like to help the BTO in its work, then to find out more about fundraising, legacies and other ways of supporting what the organisation does, please visit www.bto.org. Redstart by Tom Wallis, Cuckoo by Edmund Fellowes Reed Warbler by Liz Cutting 17


BTO/SWLA Flight Lines Project - Norfolk

Three SWLA member artists joined volunteer bird ringers and nest recorders studying some of the migrant birds using Breckland, a region of dry, sandy soils at the western end of Norfolk and Suffolk. Harriet Mead and Carry Akroyd joined Jeff Baker, a BTO ringer who volunteers with the RSPB’s Stone-curlew Team, to monitor the breeding ecology and movements of these unusual looking birds. Carry’s pieces from the trip really capture the open nature of the Breckland landscape, and its diverse range of land uses – dominated by arable farming, military ranges and plantation woodland. Harriet Mead, this time joined by Esther Tyson, spent time in Thetford Forest watching Nightjars. The birds using this large forest are being monitored by BTO researchers Ian Henderson and Greg Conway, who are using tiny tracking devices to investigate how the Nightjars use the forest and surrounding land. The tracking devices are also being used to follow a number of the birds as they migrate south to their African wintering grounds. Very little is known about the location of these wintering grounds or about the routes that the Nightjars take during migration. Harriet and Esther also spent some time in a very different habitat, donning wetsuits to join nest recorder Dave Leech as he monitored Reed Warblers and Cuckoos breeding in East Anglian reed beds. How young Cuckoos, which have never seen their true parents, manage to make that first migratory journey to Central Africa is one of the most astounding acts of bird migration. “The hottest day of the year and I’m walking around a reserve in the middle of the brecks, Norfolk, in my wetsuit? Why? Good question. For a start I’m expecting to jump in the water at any moment… but first, the tour! A lovely little reserve of reclaimed gravel pits. Warblers, Reed Buntings… Grass Snake! There’s a female Cuckoo in the distance and we are expecting to see young Cuckoo in the nest! Oh my goodness, wading through the reeds waist high in chilling water and we see the finest Reed Warbler nest, almost missed it. Inside is the tiniest little pink creature. A one day old Cuckoo chick with two remaining warbler eggs! Quite a find! H and I return the following day and he’s already changing colour and he’s on his own!” ET 2015 Harriet Mead and Esther Tyson Working in the field, Dave Leech searching for Reed Bunting nest with Mike Toms 18


Esther Tyson 9 day old Cuckoo

Carry Akroyd Stonies’ plot (detail) 19


Federico Gemma Cuckoo, Bee-eater and habitat 20


BTO/SWLA Flight Lines Project - Italy

Satellite tracking by BTO researchers has confirmed that the River Po watershed in Italy is an important ‘stop-over’ site for British Cuckoos on their autumn migration to Africa. During summer 2015, SWLA member artist Federico Gemma accompanied BTO Senior Research Ecologist Chris Hewson to the watershed, where they visited sites at which British Cuckoos had stopped this year. The Po watershed and surrounding areas used by our Cuckoos on their migration experienced severe drought this summer, potentially impacting on the onwards migration of our birds as they attempted a crossing of the Sahara Desert. Understanding the feeding opportunities available to our Cuckoos within the Po watershed, and at other ‘stop-over’ sites elsewhere within Europe, adds to our knowledge of Cuckoo migration. The sites used by Cuckoos to break their migratory journey and refuel are likely to be important, and may even determine whether or not a bird is successful in its migration. “We visit the sites during the early morning and again in the evening, at sunset. It is the best time, the time when Cuckoos are at their most active. In Italy, July is the hottest month and this year the humidity and heat is terrible. The mosquitoes are relentless. The habitat in each area where we are looking for Cuckoos is very similar. Dominated by mature poplar forest and willows, close to the river, the deep green, in all its nuances, is the dominant colour and I find it in all my sketches. Information from the BTO’s satellite tags shapes the sites we visit, though it is not always easy on the ground to spot the exact places where the Cuckoos have been. Once we are certain that we are in the right place, Chris plays the Cuckoo call. In a few seconds a bird appears out of nowhere, perches and then watches us. We have just enough time to spot it with our binoculars before it flies away. This scene is repeated many times as we move along the river.” FG 2015

Federico Gemma Fieldwork, Italy 21


Ben Woodhams Studies of a dead Grey Partridge Watercolour 22


Federico Gemma Purple Heron, Piedmont Watercolour 23


Barry van Dusen Piping Plovers study Watercolour 24


Dafila Scott Red Hartebeest on a red dune Pastel 25


Carry Akroyd Entry level stewardship margin Acrylic 26


Matt Underwood Busy Buddleia Woodblock print 27


Barry Sutton Allegory of spring Bronze 28


Barry Sutton Allegory of spring (detail) Bronze 29


Greg Poole Otter and Arctic Terns Monotype 30


Greg Poole Herring Gulls, Fidra 2 Graphite and gouache 31


Carl Ellis Rising Trout Watercolour over pastel drawings 32


Fiona Clucas Gannet circling, Cuillin Ridge Mixed media 33


John Threlfall Grey Seals, Portnahaven, Islay Mixed media 34


Tim Wootton Glorious (detail) Oil 35


Yvette Rawson Ohhhh ohhh Wire and textiles 36


Yvette Rawson Ohhhh ohhh (detail) Wire and textiles 37


Max Angus Disappearing landscape Linocut 38


Simon Turvey Herring Gulls - Dungeness Oil 39


Jane Smith Winter feeding, Oronsay Screenprint 40


Daniel Cole Autumn Great Grey Shrike Oil 41


Kim Atkinson Sandwich Terns, Porth Neigwl Monotype 42


Bruce Pearson Cahow, cahow Relief print 43


John Reaney Parish lamps lit Watercolour 44


Peter Partington Badgers - spring cleaning Watercolour 45


RSPB/SWLA Wallasea Island Project

Nik Pollard Bulldozers and Dumper trucks 46


Wallasea Island lies in the Greater Thames on the Crouch and Roach estuaries in Essex and is the site of one of the most exciting habitat creation projects in western Europe. The RSPB is creating a landmark new reserve using waste spoil from London’s Crossrail Project which is deposited on the island in order to raise the ground level by sand average of one metre across 1,500 acres. Controlled breaches of the existing sea wall will then create new saltmarsh, lagoons and islands. The RSPB has invited the SWLA to document this massive feat of engineering by creating an artistic record of the change in habitat from sterile agricultural land to a landscaped wildlife haven. Seven SWLA artists visited the reserve in the third week of April with a brief to capture something of the contrast between the gigantic earth moving machinery and the continued use of the site by wildlife. Dan Cole, Peter Partington, Mike Warren, Julia Manning, Greg Poole, Nik Pollard and Brin Edwards created seven very different and individual views of the activity on the site. Much of the subject matter was challenging for wildife artists and each spent time getting to grips with the details of the various supersized bulldozers and dumper trucks. “Looking out across Wallasea Island, a brisk easterly wind at my back, I kneel with paper and materials in front of me, brushes, ink and charcoal at hand. On top of the sea wall my elevated viewpoint exposes a vast, ravaged landscape that is being scoured, scraped and sculpted. Dumper trucks, excavators and bulldozers work unremittingly. The machines, wallowing under the weight of spoil, appear as autonomous beasts, and my naturalist eye observes their behaviour. They traverse the terrain, belching diesel fumes at every exertion, their articulated chassis twisting and turning. The guttural drone of the combustion engine fills the air. Black-headed gulls lift, avoiding the blade of a bulldozer as it dutifully maintains a section of dirt track. Inspired by the brutalised landscape and energised by the industrious activity of the collective machinery I work all day, drawing, painting, scraping and scrubbing, hoping to distil a little of this temporary spectacle.” NP 2015 Wallasea Work in progress 47


RSPB/SWLA Wallasea Island Project “The major earth moving has already been done. We watched massive machines roving around, mainly digging ditches and then taking the earth up to the raised area to be levelled by bulldozers. It took quite a bit of time to get my head around the nature of the various machines and what their tasks were. Gulls milling around the machines, Avocets occasionally going over, already occupying existing scrapes and Yellow Wagtails not long in. Down on the saltings alongside was the pewing of Common Redshank; a migrant Eurasian Whimbrel’s seven note call; a summer plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit. Hen and Marsh Harriers and a very distant Rough-legged Buzzard hovering. The real nature highlight was a succession of great views of Short-eared Owls. At least two birds were around. we also watched a very tawny Barn Owl one evening. Artistically I knew I wanted to spend time trying to understand how to distill the machinery so I might be able to draw it alongside nature with some fluency.” GP 2015 Peter Partington produced his fluid, gestural watercolours while Mike Warren came up with beautifully composed paintings of birds and machinery. Julia Manning created finely observed drawings of some of the incredibly complicated hardware such as the conveyor belt stacker. Dan Cole was rewarded for some patient watching by fantastic views of a stoat hunting along the ditch below the sea wall and filled his sketch book with brush pen drawings. Nik Pollard took up residence on the top of the sea wall and drew bulldozers and dumper trucks while Brin Edwards explored a landscape full of horizontals and huge skies. In September a second group of SWLA artists: Dafila Scott, Carry Akroyd, Ben Woodhams, Johnnie Foker and Bob Greenhalf visited Wallasea to look at the breaches in the sea wall and document the newly created landscape of saltmarsh and lagoons.

Peter Partington Fieldwork (detail) 48


Mike Warren and Dan Cole Fieldwork (detail) 49


Chris Rose Undersea Art Award I’ve loved snorkelling since age ten and, as a child enthralled by Jacques Cousteau on television, learning to scuba dive was a life-long ambition. I was thrilled, therefore, to be given the Wildlife Trusts’ Undersea Art Award this year, which has allowed me to fulfil my diving ambition and to explore the underwater environment artistically. Many of my recent paintings have featured water in some form but only from above the surface. Now I had the chance to tackle water from an entirely different perspective. I trained in April, in a cold, Scottish sea loch with only two metres visibility. However, things improved and my first qualified dives were at the Marine Reserve of St Abb’s. Visibility was good and I was amazed at the variety of underwater life; fist-sized polyps, soft corals and sea urchins carpeted the rocks while crabs and lobsters timidly extended claws and antennae from dark crevices. I tested out my underwater drawing kit, with mixed success, but it proved I could make marks on the plastic paper with graphite sticks. Afterwards I would paint acrylic field sketches from memory as the main reference for my studio paintings. Matt Baker and BBC Countryfile joined me at the Farne Islands in July. We were rewarded with beautiful lion’s mane jellyfish and my dive buddy somehow found a tiny, white and yellow nudibranch – a centimetre-long sea-slug – amongst the mass of kelp. My most exciting dive was in the proposed Marine Conservation Zone (rMCZ) at St Mary’s Island near Newcastle. The offshore reefs have a rich diversity of marine life and we were visited by some very inquisitive seals; they seemed keen to play with these strange, bubble-blowing aliens that had entered their world. My buddy found a blue-rayed limpet, a tiny mollusc with a semi-transparent shell shot through with electric-blue stripes. An unusual find was a live cowrie. This small mollusc extends a mantle of living tissue over its shell depositing an enamel coating, which gives cowrie shells their glossy appearance. Learning to dive has introduced me to a new environment that is exciting for the beauty of its underwater landscapes and the richness of its wildlife. Artistically it has presented new challenges and possibilities, and a completely new palette of colours! I look forward to continuing my exploration of the underwater world and the artistic potential it holds. Chris Rose Open water training 50


Countryfile Farne Islands 51


Chris Rose St Mary’s Seals Oil 52


Chris Rose Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) at St Mary’s Island near Newcastle 53


John Busby’s Seabird Drawing Course “I am grateful that the SWLA bursary provided me with the opportunity to participate in the seabird drawing course. The week of activities entailed field drawing at specific seabird colonies, drawing exercises led by acclaimed artists Greg Poole, John Threlfall and Darren Woodhead who all provided excellent guidance and inspiration. Participating in the course allowed me to try new approaches, develop a new body of work and make connections with people working in similar areas. Since the course I have been enjoying exploring the east coast of Fife, looking for new inspiration. I have become more attuned to my surroundings and the birds that inhabit it. I will be taking up an artist in residence on the Island of Shetland next year with the intention of drawing the large puffin colony”. LS 2015 “It was the first time I’d visited Fidra Island on the Monday. John Steel led us to the best spot for watching Puffins as they came in from the sea, beaks fully loaded, before disappearing into their burrows. This was an exciting moment seeing my first puffin! The Gulls moved through the foliage guarding chicks, a set of eyes and beak ready to attack, we had to move slowly to avoid a noisy onslaught of dive bombings. There was a huge Shag colony set amongst amazing rock formations at the edge of the island, many of us set up here with sketch pads and optics to study these charismatic fuzzy looking young families. I watched a tug of war, two against one, the single Shag triumphed and carefully placed the length of nesting material behind it. The young Shags often appeared to be tidying up and arranging their nests, it was very impressive. We spent a very hot day at Bass Rock, this year thousands of Gannets were up in the air and the ground nesting Gannets had their heads stretched upwards, panting in the heat, I pitied the fluffier Gannet chicks that lay flopped outside the nests. St Abbs was equally spectacular, most of us spent three days here watching large numbers of Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Razorbills and even a family of Stoats were spotted, bounding across cliffs faces, defying gravity.” B T-F 2015 “I always wanted to go onto Bass rock ( I had taken the boat around quite a few times but not been on it ) and I hardly slept the night before. Nothing can prepare you for Bass rock and its 170,000 Gannets. It was their world, you were entering it and it blew my mind away. As soon as you arrive the smell and noise hit you – it was like all my senses were overtaken by Gannet and I even fell asleep that night hearing them in my bedroom. It’s an experience I will never forget.” CW 2015 Gannets, Shag and Kittiwake taken by Hallgeir B. Skjelstad whilst attending the Seabird Drawing Course this year 54


Lara Scouller, Becky Thorley-Fox and Claire Williamson respectively 55


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SWLA THE NATURAL EYE 52nd Annual Exhibition

Catalogue list of works 2015 Opposite: Harriet Mead, Scissor Stone Curlew Welded found objects

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1

Carry Akroyd SWLA Big turns and little Terns Serigraph (ed. of 23) £485 (£325 u/f)

2

Entry level stewardship margin Acrylic £2,750

3

Moon hedge Lithograph (ed. of 50) £195 (£110 u/f)

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The day is yours Linocut (ed. of 45) £280 (£220 u/f)

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Waiting minute by minute Linocut (ed. of 45) £260 (£210 u/f)

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Pale river Lithograph (ed. of 50) £195 (£110 u/f)

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Secured ground Serigraph (ed. of 6) £485 (£325 u/f)

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Stonies’ plot Serigraph (ed. of 6) £485 (£325 u/f)

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Richard Allen Coastal Birds Linocut (ed. of 50) £595

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Max Angus SWLA Disappearing landscape Linocut (ed. of 45) £350 (£290 u/f)

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Good to see you Linocut (ed. of 45) £250 (£200 u/f) Hey-ho Linocut (ed. of 45) £340 (£280 u/f) Looking out for you Linocut (ed. of 45) £340 (£280 u/f)

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Willow Tits Linocut (ed. of 45) £260 (£210 u/f)

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Candice Bees Murmuration Steel and slate £850 David Bennett SWLA %XOO¿QFKHVIHHGLQJRQ6RZ Thistle Oil sketch £370

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Calling Spring Curlews Oil sketch £370

25

Sandwich Tern colony, Cemlyn Monotype £700

Crouching Hare Oil sketch £380

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Sandwich Terns, Porth Neigwl Monotype £700

Eagle Owl Oil sketch £400

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Fox dispute Oil sketch £400

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Roe kid Oil sketch £350

Kim Atkinson SWLA Borlotti beans Relief print (ed. of 4) £300

Starling drinking, Starling bathing Relief print (ed. of 3) £320 Starlings bathing Relief print (ed. of 3) £320 The sound of Starlings Relief print (ed. of 2) £320 Vanna Bartlett Dartford Warbler Linocut (ed. of 12) £120

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Susan Berry Emerald cut Watercolour £470 Adam Binder SWLA %XOO¿QFKHV Bronze (ed. of 24) £2,950 Crow Bronze (ed. of 12) £4,500


John Davis SWLA A bundle of Badgers Oil £750

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*UHHQ¿QFKHV Bronze (ed. of 12) £8,500

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Moss verge, summer Mixed media NFS

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Reed Warblers Bronze (ed. of 24) £2,400

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Oystercatcher, Langden Valley Mixed media £450

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Swallows Bronze (ed. of 12) £8,500

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Port An t’Selisdeir, Summer 1 Mixed media £420

A late summer moonrise Oil £650

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Marco Brodde Curlews just arrived, the Wadden Sea, Fano, Denmark Watercolour and pencil £650

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Port An t’Selisdeir, Summer 2 Mixed media £420

All night under the moon Oil £595

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Spring tide, River Bela Graphite £950

An infamous Grouse Oil £375

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By the Willow wood Oil £595

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On a heathland Birch Oil £650

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On a rising tide Oil £375

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Spring in the air Oil £595

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Dead Sperm Whale, Eiders and Oystercatchers, the Wadden Sea, Fano, Denmark. Feb 2015. Watercolour and pencil £650 Starlings preening on the roof, the Wadden Sea, Fano, Denmark Drypoint (ed. of 12) £350 Waxwings eating apples, the Wadden Sea, Fano, Denmark Watercolour and pencil £650 Fiona Clucas SWLA Display, Tatham Fell Mixed media £450

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Gannet circling, Cuillin Ridge Mixed media £420

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Gannet diving, Cuillin Ridge Mixed media £420

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Camilla Clutterbuck Standing Rook Oil £1,500 Daniel Cole SWLA Autumn Great Grey Shrike Oil £1,200 Norfolk coast and Great Grey Shrike Oil £1,250 Winter Bearded Tits Oil £595 Mikaela Davies Fancy Frog Print and watercolour (ed. of 75) £200 (£150 u/f)

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Nick Derry SWLA Bittern on ice Acrylic £750

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Crag Martins and Wallcreeper Acrylic and collage £750

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Godwits in the mist Acrylic £750

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Nick Derry SWLA Smew Acrylic £750

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Barn Owl through the reeds Oil £750

Madeline Downham Snail on a Sycamore leaf Oil £300

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Eiders and Swallows Oil £795

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Five Goosander Oil £1,200

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Guillemot: seacliffs - St Bees Oil £1,750

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Long-tailed Tits in the cherry orchard Oil £1,200

Leo du Feu Great Black-backed Gull, Islay sheep Acrylic £900 Barry van Dusen SWLA Northern Cardinal Watercolour £250 Palm Warbler in Goldenrod Watercolour £350

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Piping Plovers study Watercolour £450

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Brin Edwards SWLA Avocets and Dunlin at Mersea Oil £725

Venus and Nightjars Acrylic £750

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Sawmill Hoodies III Watercolour £450 Spring Dunlin III Watercolour £350 Robert Dyke Nightjar Watercolour woodcut (ed. of 15) £175 (£95 u/f)

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Oystercatcher - evening light, Longniddry Bay Oil £795 Three Mergansers Oil £795 Carl Ellis SWLA Brown Trout in clear water Watercolour over pastel drawings £850 Rising Trout Watercolour over pastel drawings £600

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River Wye Brownies 1 Watercolour over pastel drawings £700

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River Wye Brownies 2 Watercolour over pastel drawings £700

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River Wye Grayling 1 Watercolour over pastel drawings £500

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River Wye Grayling 2 Watercolour over pastel drawings £550

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Shallow Water Trout Watercolour over pastel drawings £750

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Territorial Trout Watercolour over pastel drawings £650

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John Foker ASWLA Blue-green twist Oil £450

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Elderfest Oil £450

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Fieldfare in Rowan Oil £450

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In the ley crop Oil £580

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Quayside Kittiwakes Watercolour £380


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6KXIĂ€LQJWKHWLGH Oil ÂŁ450 Federico Gemma SWLA Common Terns, Varanger, Norway Watercolour ÂŁ750

Martin Gibbons 103 Shags Watercolour ÂŁ105

113 Tumbling Kittiwakes Stone ÂŁ2,000

Simon Gillings 104 Abstract Auks Ink ÂŁ200

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Great Spotted Woodpecker Woodcut (ed. of 100) ÂŁ200 (135 u/f)

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106 Peewit and son Linocut (ed. of 60) ÂŁ350 (ÂŁ300 u/f)

Hare and Wood Pigeons Woodcut (ed. of 100) ÂŁ200 (135 u/f)

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107 Pye-wipes Linocut (ed. of 45) ÂŁ350 (ÂŁ300 u/f)

Hares and Rooks II Woodcut (ed. of 100) ÂŁ200 (135 u/f)

118

Lapwings and Seablite Woodcut (ed. of 100) ÂŁ200 (135 u/f)

119

Oystercatchers, evening Woodcut (ed. of 100) ÂŁ200 (135 u/f)

120

Wheatear and Swifts Woodcut (ed. of 100) ÂŁ200 (135 u/f)

Cuckoo, Po Watershed, Lombardy Watercolour ÂŁ550

Robert Gillmor SWLA IEA 105 Lakes, loughs and lochs Linocut (ed. of 75) ÂŁ450 (ÂŁ400 u/f)

'XQOLQDQGUHĂ€HFWLRQ2UEHWHOOR Lagoon, Tuscany Watercolour ÂŁ600 House Sparrows and Collared Doves sketches - diptych Pencil and watercolour ÂŁ520 Kestrel on Aleppo Pine, Giannutri Island, Tuscany Pencil and charcoal ÂŁ420

100 Pine Marten, Elba Island, Tuscany Watercolour ÂŁ450 101 Purple Heron, Piedmont Watercolour ÂŁ320 102 Wildebeest, Serengeti, Tanzania Watercolour ÂŁ550

Robert Greenhalf SWLA Common Gulls and sheep Woodcut (ed. of 100) ÂŁ200 (135 u/f)

Madeline Goold SWLA 108 Coral, tidal sculpture Stone ÂŁ1,800 109 Fish stone Stone ÂŁ1,800 110 Gannet stone Stone ÂŁ1,500 111 *DQQHWSRLVHGIRUĂ€LJKW Stone ÂŁ1,500 112 Gannets, shy greeting Stone ÂŁ750

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6LPRQ*ULIÂżWKV Lepus Europaeus 1 Ceramic ÂŁ800 Michael Hampton SWLA CAS Koala, nr Adelaide Pencil ÂŁ300

123 White-faced Heron, nr Adelaide Watercolour ÂŁ450

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Andrew Haslen SWLA 124 Evening Song Thrush Linocut (ed. of 40) £450 125 Halcyon Linocut (ed. of 40) £265 (£225 u/f) 126 Harvest Hare Linocut (ed. of 40) £600 John Hatton 127 Avocet siesta Linocut (ed. of 18) £210 (£175 u/f)

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Ken Januski $PHULFDQ*ROG¿QFKHDWLQJ Thistle Woodcut (ed. of 12) £225 (£150 u/f) Mergansers and Grebes on Schuylkill Woodcut (ed. of 15) £225 (£175 u/f) Richard Jarvis Curlew Linocut with watercolour wash (ed. of 20) £200 (£170 u/f)

143

Male Cuckoo - Wicken Watercolour £900

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Male Stonechat - Burwell Fen Watercolour £700

145

Kittie Jones ASWLA Panting Gannet Graphite £795

146

St Abb’s Shag Mixed media £395 The cleaver, St Abb’s Gouache £420

137

Lapwings Linocut with watercolour wash (ed. of 20) £120 (£95 u/f)

147

Martin Hayward-Harris 129 5HG*URXVHLQÀLJKW Bronze (ed. of 12) £8,500

138

Snipe Linocut with watercolour wash (ed. of 20) £120 (£95 u/f)

148

Francisco Jose Hernandez Fernandez 130 Rock Ptarmigan Watercolour £400

139

Wheatear Linocut (ed. of 10) £200 (£175 u/f)

149

Watching the forest edge Oil £3,750

Richard Johnson ASWLA 140 $YRFHW¿HOGVNHWFK Watercolour £400

150

Wood Pigeons looking down Oil £1,995

141 %ODFNKHDGHG*XOO¿HOGVNHWFK Watercolour £400

151

142 Bluethroat studies Watercolour £325

152

128 Smew parade Linocut (ed. of 14) £210 (£175 u/f)

Christopher Hicks 131 Small pearl-bordered Fritillary Block print (ed. of 10) £145 (£100 u/f) 132 Wight strand Block print (ed. of 10) £165 (£120 u/f) David Hunt 133 Pursuit Graphite £1,750

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Rachel Lockwood SWLA Pool movement, Herons and Egrets Oil £4,000

Julia Manning ASWLA RE Skokholm towards Grassholm Watercolour £980 Island spring (Skokholm) Wood and linocut (ed. of 30) £310 (£240 u/f)


153

The building of Wallasea RSPB Etching (ed. of 50) £390 (£310 u/f)

163

Pod of baby Caiman Crocodiles Stoneware £1,500

173

House Martins Watercolour £450

154

The Gothercatcher’s nest (Oystercatcher) Etching (ed. of 60) £320 (£240 u/f)

164

‘Snakes and ladders’ - Emerald Tree Boas Stoneware and mixed media £2,000

174

Hunting Barn Owl - Cley Watercolour £595

175

Sandwich Terns - Cemlyn Bay, Anglesey Oil £750

176

Teasing Fulmars Watercolour and charcoal £475

Julia McKenzie 155 The Sparrows Spider Etching (ed. of 30) £275 (£160 u/f)

William Neill SWLA 165 Cra-ghiadh Acrylic £1,900

Harriet Mead PSWLA 156 Blade Goshawk Welded found objects £4,000

166

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Mesh Roach Welded found objects £300

158

Scissor Stone Curlew Welded found objects £2,750

159

Two hoe Hare Welded found objects £950

160

Wisbech Hare Welded found objects £3,000

Jill Moger SWLA RMS SWA 161 Brazilian Horned Frog Stoneware £950 162 )LYH7RND\*HFNRVRQ¿JXUH eight stonework Stoneware £1,800

Loch Aineort Acrylic £1,900

Jenny Oldknow 167 Enallagma Cyathigerum Ink £300 John Paige SWLA 168 Brents Oil £600 169

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172

Brown Bear Oil £1,200 David Parry SWLA Masai Mara bull Elephant Watercolour £5,000 Peter Partington SWLA Badgers - spring cleaning Watercolour £475 Barn Owl in the headlights Watercolour £645

177

Bruce Pearson SWLA Adélie Penguins Watercolour £425

178

Cahow, cahow Relief print (ed. of 4) £475 (£420 u/f)

179

Gentoo Penguins, Falklands Watercolour £425

180

Lanner Falcon, Negev Desert Watercolour £425

181

Sahel Drypoint and carborundum (ed. of 6) £525 (£465 u/f)

182

Stormies at midnight Drypoint and carborundum (ed. of 4) £475 (£420 u/f)

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Bruce Pearson SWLA Stormies in the hand Drypoint and carborundum (ed. of 4) £475 (£420 u/f) Thick-billed Lark, Negev Desert Watercolour £425 Antonia Phillips SWLA Dawn Deer: Dene Woods, Uplyme Acrylic £685

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187

Oystercatcher trio Monoprint £225

188

Standing Bird Monoprint £225

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190

Surf and Sanderling Acrylic £685 To the coast again Monoprint £395

Nik Pollard SWLA 191 Eider duck and Oystercatcher 1 Gouache £500 192

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Eider duck and Oystercatcher 2 Gouache £500

193

Fieldfares Gouache £400

194

Oystercatcher Gouache £500

195

Shags Gouache £500

196

Sitting Eider Gouache £500

197

Sparrowhawk Indian ink £400

198

Greg Poole SWLA %XPEOHEHHDQGPHDGRZÀRUD green Monotype £550

204

6KRUWHDUHG2ZOÀ\LQJQHDU digger Monotype £780

205

Short-eared Owl landed near digger Monotype £550

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208

Bill Prickett Spanish dancer II Sweet chestnut burr on granite £1,850 Alastair Proud SWLA Gannets and Surf, Ramsey Sound Oil £5,850 Goshawk brooding in rain Oil £1,250 Yvette Rawson Ohhhh Ohhh Wire and textiles £575

199

%XPEOHEHHDQGPHDGRZÀRUD yellow Monotype £550

209

200

Gannets, Bass Rock Graphite and gouache £550

210

201

Herring Gulls, Fidra 1 Graphite and gouache £550

211

Eventide Watercolour £575

202

Herring Gulls, Fidra 2 Graphite and gouache £550

212

Loitering with intent Watercolour £575

203

Otter and Arctic Terns Monotype (series of 15) £320 (£190 u/f)

213

Parish lamps lit Watercolour £575

John Reaney SWLA Badgers half light Watercolour £575


Darren Rees SWLA Antarctic Shags, North Point, Rothera Watercolour £450

Deborah Richards 224 Hedgehog Monoprint £395

215

Belugas and ice shelf, Svalbard Acrylic £1,750

225

216

Crested Aucklets, St Paul Watercolour £550

217

Gentoos at Port Lockroy Watercolour £450

Amelia Saint George 226 Hatching Turtle Solid silver (ed. of 22) £1,850

218

King colony Acrylic £3,500

219

Kings on the grass Watercolour £450

214

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221

Rock and Imperial Shags, Mare Harbour Watercolour £450 White fox, Svalbard Watercolour £550

Pascale Rentsch 222 &URFRVPLDDQG+RYHUÀLHV Watercolour pencil £375 223 Precious time Watercolour pencil £495

Chris Rose SWLA St Mary’s Seals Oil £6,500

227 Hibernating Dormouse Silver (ed. of 22) £2,100 Louise Scammell 228 Arctic Tern Lithograph (ed. of 10) £240 (£140 u/f) 229 Cormorant Lithograph/relief print (ed. of 10) £240 (£140 u/f) 'D¿OD6FRWW6:/$ 230 Cranes on the fen Pastel £720 231

Giant Eagle Owl, Kalahari Pastel £525

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Otter on the shore Oil £940

233

Red Hartebeest on a red dune Pastel £720

234

Swallows and a House Martin over the fen Pastel £720

235

Swifts over the fen Acrylic £820

236

Two Herons resting Oil £940

237

Wild Turkeys displaying, California Oil £940

Lara Scouller SWLA Bursary Winner 238 Flightiness of displaying Kittiwake Pastel £500 239

Guillemot congregation, St Abb’s Head Watercolour monoprint £250

240

Guillemot contours, St Abb’s Head Pastel NFS

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242

Carolyn Simpson Resting Bird Soapstone £860 Chris Sinden ASWLA Amongst the blooms Linocut (ed. of 30) £245 (£215 u/f)

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Chris Sinden ASWLA Black-tails passing through Linocut (ed. of 26) £245 (£215 u/f)

Lucinda Storm 253 Mallard and ducklings Watercolour and gouache £200

244

Green Plovers Linocut (ed. of 23) £245 (£215 u/f)

245

Marigold Snipe Linocut (ed. of 25) £200 (£175 u/f)

Barry Sutton SWLA 254 Allegory of spring Bronze (ed. of 12) £1,560

246

Snowjay Linocut (ed. of 28) £200 (£175 u/f)

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Jane Smith ASWLA 248 Fishing frenzy Screenprint (ed. of 4) £420 249

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Stonechat, Colonsay Screenprint (ed. of 5) £300 Winter feeding, Oronsay Screenprint (ed. of 5) £400 Andrew Stock SWLA RE Low water Oil £1,800 Sanderlings in May Watercolour £1,200

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Eye to eye Pastel £300

264

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265

Dragon slayer Bronze (ed. of 12) £2,760

Grey Seals, Portnahaven, Islay Mixed media £640

266

Halcyon days Bronze (ed. of 12) £1,695

Hanging around Oil £940

267

The butcher Bronze (ed. of 12) £2,760

Lapwings and company Mixed media £480

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Winter Harrier Mixed media £740

Richard Thewlis Golden Plover at Titchwell, Norfolk Watercolour £425

Rebecca Thorley-Fox SWLA Bursary Winner 259 Guillemots, St Abb’s Oil £850 260

Kittiwake nest, St Abb’s Oil £850

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Oystercatcher nest swap Oil £750

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John Threlfall SWLA Dash of red Mixed media £640

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John Tordoff Jungle path with Scarlet Macaw Collage and acrylic £400 Richard Tratt SWLA SBA Courtship on the heath, Graylings Oil £360

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Dark green Fritillary and Marbled Whites, Durlston Oil £1,500

272

Grasses and Common Blue Oil £695


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Painted Lady and Common Blue Oil £360

284

Scarlet Macaws - Amazon Oil £2,645

295

Green Woodpecker Woodblock print (ed. of 60) £260 (£200 u/f)

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Pearl-bordered Fritillaries Oil £360

285

Sloth with young - Peru Oil £745

296

Larch tree Owl Woodblock print (ed. of 60) £210 (£150 u/f)

275

Small Copper, Ringlet and Brown Argus Oil £395

Esther Tyson SWLA Farm Sparrows Oil £1,200

297

Little Owl Woodblock print (ed. of 100) £160 (£120 u/f)

276

The Red Admiral Oil £360

287

Fox study Oil £450

298

Song Thrush Woodblock print (ed. of 60) £210 (£150 u/f)

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Thistle visitors Oil £950

288

Fox study 2 Oil £450

299

Spring Blackbird Woodblock print (ed. of 60) £210 (£150 u/f)

Simon Turvey SWLA Blackbird and Windfalls Oil £895

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Thistles and Linnets Woodblock print (ed. of 60) £260 (£200 u/f)

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Green Violetear Hummingbird Colombia Watercolour £845

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Herring Gulls - Dungeness Oil £975 Little Owl Oil £645 Roebuck Watercolour £785

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Chris Wallbank 66 degrees North Watercolour £450

290 *ROG¿QFKRQIHHGHU Oil £600

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291 *ROG¿QFKRQIHHGHU Oil £600

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Green bridge loomery Graphite £1,200

292

Jackdaws, agitated Oil £850

303

Heading 66 degrees North Watercolour £450

Matt Underwood SWLA Amongst the Sweet Peas Woodblock print (ed. of 60) £160 (£120 u/f)

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Midnight Manxie Monotype £480

305

Spider Crabs Monoprint £480

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Busy Buddleia Woodblock print (ed. of 60) £260 (£200 u/f)

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Michael Warren SWLA Bearded Tits Watercolour ÂŁ975

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Black Grouse Watercolour ÂŁ2,550

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Bramblings Watercolour ÂŁ1,950

309

Curlews and Swallows Watercolour ÂŁ1,750

310

Grasshopper Warbler Watercolour ÂŁ525

311

Great Crested Grebes Watercolour ÂŁ725

312

Long-tailed Tits and Goldcrests Watercolour ÂŁ875

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Starlings and Barn Owl Watercolour ÂŁ1,125

Claire Williamson SWLA Bursary Winner 314 Brooding Gannets Oil pastel ÂŁ375 315

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Loz Wilson Foxed Charcoal and watercolour ÂŁ350

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Night Charcoal and watercolour ÂŁ400

326

Roosting Long-eared Owl Watercolour ÂŁ5,895

Sally Wilson The cave dweller (Hinge-beak Prawn) Mixed media ÂŁ570

327

Willow Warbler in Hawthorn Watercolour ÂŁ650

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Willow Warbler studies Watercolour ÂŁ550

The defender (Edible Crab) Mixed media ÂŁ550 The recluse (Hermit Crab) Mixed media ÂŁ570

Ben Woodhams ASWLA 320 Studies of a dead Grey Partridge (female) Watercolour ÂŁ1,200 321

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Studies of a dead Merlin (juvenile male) Watercolour ÂŁ1,200 Studies of a dead Sparrowhawk (female) Watercolour ÂŁ1,200 Darren Woodhead SWLA $UULYLQJ*ROGÂżQFK Watercolour ÂŁ1,950

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Goldcrests in Hawthorn Watercolour ÂŁ1,750

325

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Tim Wootton SWLA Glorious Oil ÂŁ750

330

Greenland Wheatear Watercolour and contĂŠ ÂŁ1,150

331

Lowerdown - Snow and Lapland Buntings Watercolour and contĂŠ ÂŁ1,150

332

Stefano Zagaglia Pink plumage Oil ÂŁ850


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3527(&7,1*(/(3+$176 Gary Hodgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; drawings and prints have gained a meteoric secondary value over the last 20 years. This is an opportunity to invest in your own future as well as help elephants and many other species. Proceeds will be donated to the Born Free Foundation and the Environmental Investigation Agency to help them with their ground-breaking work.

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Wild Birds and Wild Places Having celebrated its 10th and most successful year, BIRDscapes continues to consolidate its position as the h<͛Ɛleading wildlife art gallery specialising in BIRDS BIRDscapes for:

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WILDLIFE OF ARTIST THE YEAR 2016 SEVEN CATEGORIES TO SUIT ALL ARTISTIC STYLES Expert judges include fellow artists, conservationists and art critics Entry from now until 15 February 2016

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The Natural Eye: SWLA 2015  

The Natural Eye, the annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists, shows the very best of art inspired by the natural world. Exhibi...