The Approach

A mixed media painting on canvas of African wild dogs

The Approach

Heather Irvine

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The Approach
Heather Irvine
Mixed Media / Other
Artwork Size (cm)
61cm x 51cm


About The Piece
“The Approach: something is coming….one of those very brief moments where for a few seconds everything pauses, you become aware fully of your surroundings and sound and smell resonate distinctly…..” Heather is a contemporary artist inspired by nature depicting wildlife, equestrian and canine with conservation and giving back to the animals she depicts is at the heart of what she does. Sketching is imperative and Heather watches and observes wildlife in its natural state wherever possible. “The work should flourish with its own life on the canvas and often does mutate as I paint and draw – whatever happens then is instinct and lends itself to a far more organic and often spontaneous artwork.” Heather has exhibited for many years nationally, has been a finalist at the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year for over 7 years as well as a category winner for two years and overall winner in 2012 of BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year. In 2020 she founded Artists for Painted Dogs, a collaboration of artists from around the globe raising funds for the Painted Dog and other wildlife through online exhibitions raising over £40,000 for Wildlife Act and Painted Dog Conservation, Zimbabwe. She hopes to continue supporting vital work on the ground for all endangered species.

At least 50% of the proceeds from this sale will support the charitable work of David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) and our ground-based conservation partners across Africa and Asia.