Artist of the Month
Artist of the Month is an exciting initiative whereby David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) collaborates with a different, talented wildlife artist to showcase wildlife art at its best and raise vital funds for endangered wildlife.
Wildlife art has always been at the heart of DSWF. Our founder, the late David Shepherd, was a famous wildlife artist and conservationist, as a result, wildlife art has always been part of DSWF’s lifeblood.
Remaining true to our artistic heritage, Artist of the Month is the latest addition to several ‘Art of Survival’ programmes including our annual Wildlife Artist of the Year competition, Global Canvas – Children’s Art Competition and Sketch for Wildlife.
This initiative personifies our ‘Art of Survival’ vision and gives wildlife artists a platform to raise awareness for not only their exceptional artworks but their endangered animal muses.
Nick Mackman is an award-winning animal sculptor. Her work is held in private collections around the world and is prized for its striking intensity and personality. Her art is informed by her life-long love of animals and through her work, she actively supports wildlife conservation projects at home and abroad.
In her guest blog post, Nick shares more about the inspiration behind her sculptures, what messages she hopes to convey through her art and what it means to work with DSWF.
Jos enjoys experimenting with unconventional colour combinations and creating the unexpected. She paints gentle elephants, haughty giraffes, or snorting rhinos in an array of vibrant and extraordinary colours, and captures their charm in a fresh, contemporary style. She is an established artist and exhibits in galleries and art fairs throughout the UK.
As a self-taught artist, Nick believes that this has helped him create his own style of painting. This painting is recognisable for its signature black background, however, in more recent years, he has been experimenting with base and precious metals, giving his work stunning reflective qualities. Combined with the use of high gloss art resin Nick’s latest works shine and sparkle like the oceans they represent.
Head over to our online shop to purchase one of Jos or Nick’s pieces and help us turn the tide on extinction.
Natalie Mascall is a self-taught, award-winning wildlife artist with a huge passion for endangered animals and helping to preserve them. Matching with the spirit of our founder, David Shepherd, Natalie believes wildlife artists have a duty to raise awareness for the species that inspire them.
Natalie works in pastel as well as charcoal and acrylic, creating beautiful works of art embodying her passion and concern. Head over to our online shop to purchase one of Natalie’s pieces and help us turn the tide on extinction.
DSWF’s vivacious and dedicated Art Patron, Emily Lamb is our December Artist of the Month. Like her late grandfather, David Shepherd, she is a world-renowned wildlife artist in her own right.
Combining realism, whimsical shapes, and rich splashes of vibrant colour – indigo, aqua, scarlet, and gold; Emily’s transportive artworks take on a dream-like quality. She aims to draw attention to nature’s interconnectivity, as seen in her culturally-and-biodiversity-rich artwork ensembles.
Emily is donating a 100% of the proceeds from the sale her remarkable mixed media artworks to DSWF in aid of endangered wildlife.
A passionate wildlife advocate and art lover our November Artist of the Month is none other than our dedicated partner artist Martin Aveling. Using an arraying of coloured pencils to bring you his cornucopia of small and large wildlife, Martin captures more than just the representation of the animal but brings them to life.
Do you want to give one of these original drawings a home, whilst helping DSWF protect endangered species across Africa and Asia? Head to our online shop now and turn the tide on extinction.
Caffeine addicts will be delighted to know that Stephen Rew is October’s Artist of the Month. Stephen is a long-time supporter and Partner Artist at DSWF. His collectable October artworks are his signature coffee and ink drawings.
If Stephen’s artworks are your cup of Joe, please consider purchasing his original artworks from our online shop, in aid of DSWF’s vital conservation work across Africa and Asia.
Joni-Leigh Doran is a hugely talented landscape, bird and wildlife artist from South Africa who embodies the spirit of David Shepherd by generously supports several conservation charities, including DSWF, through the sale of her captivating artworks.
Her landscape paintings are deeply atmospheric and instantly transport you to the African wilderness.
Daniel Wilson is an A-Level biology teacher and part-time wildlife artist. Dan is a multimedia artist who primarily focuses on charcoal drawings and paintings of wildlife. He draws his inspiration for his wildlife art through his keen interest in biology and his love of the natural world.
Read more about Daniel Wilson’s beautiful charcoal artworks featured in our August Artist of the Month.
Warrington-based Amber Tyldesley was DSWF’s July Artist of the Month, with her striking big cat artworks featured in our online shop. Amber primarily works in acrylics, often incorporating a high-gloss resin into her artworks. Amber is a hugely successful pet artist and regularly paints big cats. Her artwork ‘Closing In’ won the People’s Choice Award in Wildlife Artist of the Year 2019.
Read more about Amber’s big cat artworks for July’s Artist of the Month.
Hester is a conservation worker and self-taught artist living and working on a rewilding farm in Devon. She specializes in intricate miniature sculptures, with a particular fondness for unusual and underappreciated species. She enjoys the tactility of a 3-dimensional piece, and the way it focuses the attention on the details of the animal’s form and character.
Working as an illustrator for over 15 years, Hashim’s client list varied from newspapers, magazines and design agencies. Having left illustration behind he became more interested in developing his own paintings and started exhibiting, demonstrating and running workshops. He is now a represented artist and has won numerous awards, he is the author of ‘Vibrant Acrylics’, ‘Painting Urban and Cityscapes’, contributing author to Dorling Kindersley Artist’s Painting Techniques’ and ‘Painting Portraits in Acrylic’ published by Search Press. He is also a regular contributor to The Artist and Illustrators magazine.
Marie is an artist and tutor who loves painting wildlife. Her style of painting is an impressionistic approach, exploring the subject through marks and colours. As well as exhibiting with galleries, she has been a finalist in the David Shepherd Wildlife artist of the year exhibition over the last eight years. Marie is also a contributing author on painting techniques for various art magazines and books.
How Wildlife Artist of the Month works
For the duration of a month, a wildlife artist will be invited to exhibit a selection of wildlife artworks in our online shop. 50% of the sale of these contributing artworks will be donated to DSWF’s conservation efforts across Africa and Asia.
Typically, artists who have entered our Wildlife Artist of the Year competition and been shortlisted for the exhibition will be invited to be our Artist of the Month.
Artworks featured in Artist of the Month
The artworks exhibited are in the preferred medium and style of the artist. The subject matter primarily needs to focus on a specific species or wildlife in general.
Please do contact us at [email protected] should you have any further questions in connection with Artist of the Month.