Thanks to our founder, David Shepherd, wildlife art is part of our DNA. As a result we enjoy close relationships with a collection of talented artists across the world.
Each of these highly skilled wildlife artists supports David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation in a variety of ways, from selling pieces that donate a profit to DSWF, to holding exhibitions that raise awareness about our work.
In addition to our Partner Artists, the DSWF team also works with Wildlife Art Ambassadors.
Take a look below for details of our Partner Artists and don’t forget to let them know you have been referred by DSWF to ensure that any purchases you make will support wildlife conservation.
Martin Aveling’s passion for drawing was born out of his surroundings at a very young age. While his parents were working to conserve mountain gorillas on the steep forested slopes of the Virunga volcanoes, Martin picked up pencils and drew them.
After graduating from the University of Bristol in 2004 with an honours degree in Geography, Martin built his career around his primary passion for art and the natural world. He is a regular on the London wildlife art scene, having exhibited with the Society of Wildlife Artists and at the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year event, for which he has been a finalist the past twelve years.
Martin strives for a clean, contemporary look to his artworks, celebrating the detail in his animal subjects. By manipulating the negative space he creates hidden environments for them to live in. Through his drawings, Martin attempts to raise the profile of endangered wildlife around the world and generate support for its conservation.
Emma Bowring writes that “the natural world is an amazing thing, from the humble bee and its role in pollination to the fact that every time an African elephant takes a step, it creates a home for other animals as its footprint fills with water.” Emma connects with nature and wildlife through her artworks that she sells to contribute funds to conservation charities
Maria Floyd studied at Goldsmiths’ College, London. She is more often found working outside making a direct and expressive response to the landscape, letting nature and the elements play their part in the work and allowing wind and rain to make their mark. Studio pieces are an extension of these outside studies and maintain the energy and mood of the coastline or landscape. Expression and the power of nature are at the heart of her paintings and a deep love of the Cornish coast.
Jos Haigh 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 strives to capture their charm in a fresh, contemporary style. She is an established artist, and exhibits in galleries and art fairs throughout the UK.
Gary Hodges is the UK’s best-selling and most collectable pencil artist. Since 1987, he has published 135 different editions from his pencil drawings with all but ten sold out. His many thousands of admirers worldwide include Martina Navratilova, Virginia McKenna, Michaela Strachan, Kristin Davis and Rula Lenska.
Gary donated three very special prints to DSWF’s art shop. He spent six hours adding pencil strokes to each print to make them more dynamic and unique.
Catherine Ingleby worked as a portrait artist initially but soon returned to her preferred subject of animals. Her solid base of draughtsmanship has allowed her to develop her own, unique style. She has become recognised for her dynamic paintings of animals in movement, with bold use of colour and confident brushwork.
Alison Ingram is known for her unique interpretation of wildlife. Her abstract paintings use colour and design and are instantly recognisable and unforgettable.
She has been a finalist in the DSWF’s Wildlife Artist of the Year competition.
Christine Lamberth’s primary interest is in wildlife. Her more recent works are focussed on species in dire straits.
The use of monochrome imagery in Christine’s work lends a dramatic slant to the subject, highlighting the form. The choice to closely crop pieces draws the viewer to look into the eyes of the subject matter. The image must confront and engage.
Karen Laurence-Rowe has lived in Africa all her life and currently resides in Kenya where the extraordinary wildlife and landscapes continue to capture her imagination and fill the canvasses and surfaces that she works on.
An extremely versatile artist, Karen switches easily from oil on canvas to watercolour or pencil – she finds the joy and meets the challenge in whatever medium she chooses.
Over the last few years, her work has reflected an interest in conservation, wildlife and endangered species. Many of her paintings are donated or partly-donated to conservation groups. Karen was the winner of Wildlife Artist of the Year in 2012.
Sarah Lawson has had a lifelong fascination with the natural world. From a young age she was inspired by nature to draw and paint wildlife. Entirely self-taught, Sarah now works solely in colour pencil creating realistic wildlife and pet portraits. She has been shortlisted for the DSWF’s Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition.
Suzie Marsh’s figurative animal sculptures have gained great acclaim over the last 30 years. Her work aims to reflect her own fascination with an animal’s character and her figurative style captures their form precisely. As an animal lover, Suzie produces work to aid several animal charities and donates part of her profits to them. Suzie works in clay and then produces finished sculptures in bronze, pewter and resins, all of which are suitable for the home or garden.
Natalie Mascall is a self-taught, professional, award-winning wildlife artist with a huge passion for endangered animals and helping to preserve them. From an early age, she wanted to be a vet but has found a way to give back to wildlife through her art.
Very much in the spirit of our founder, David Shepherd, Natalie believes wildlife artists have a duty to raise awareness for the species that inspire them. Natalie is a massive fan of DSWF and has been a finalist in Wildlife Artist of the Year. Trading under Natalie Art she works in pastel as well as charcoal and acrylic.
Born in London in 1973, Stella Mays has painted a wide range of subjects although big cats have become a favourite. She is a self-taught artist and works in pastel. She is fascinated by the way light falls on a subject. Stella is fortunate to sell her work all over the world often in support of conservation.
Nick, a passionate scuba diver, is a British artist who specialises in contemporary marine art. Nick is a self-taught artist and believes that this has helped him create his own style of painting.
He is best known for his signature black backgrounds. In recent years he has been experimenting with base and precious metals, giving his pieces ocean-like reflection qualities. Combined with the use of high gloss art resin Nick’s latest works shine and sparkle like the oceans they represent.
In 2016, he developed a technique to partially cover the canvas with tinted resins to create a never-before-seen water surface effect in his ‘Split Level’ series.
Nick’s stunning works have been highly acclaimed by collectors and the Press. He is a master of the Wildlife Artist of the Year’s Into The Blue category, winning in 2016. His work was highly commended in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
The essence of the art of Jeremy Paul is the accurate portrayal of wildlife in its environment. Jeremy has travelled extensively, and his work has been used on postage stamps. He has exhibited in the prestigious ‘Birds in Art’ in America and is in the collection of ‘Nature in Art’ at Gloucester National Exhibition of Wildlife Art. He has also been a Wildlife Artist of the Year Category Winner a couple of times.
Stephen Rew was raised on the beautiful Gower Peninsula coast in South Wales. He grew up surrounded by nature and wide-open spaces and his outdoor pursuits have fuelled his passions for both wildlife and the arts.
Stephen studied illustration at Swansea Metropolitan University where his tutors guided him on the art of colour, painting, and story-telling. Numerous trips to Africa’s KwaZulu Natal and India’s Ranthambore National Park have been the foundation of his art career; through the lens of his camera, he studies wild animals, later sketching his findings using coffee and ink to bring the animals’ spirits to life. These exploratory studies have undoubtedly become the foundation for his three-dimensional Damascus steel and bronze sculptures.
In 2019 Stephen won Wildlife Artist of the Year. This accolade has driven Stephen to work harder than ever in the pursuit of making a positive change to the fate of the animals that inspire him.
Julie Rhodes was born in Surrey in the late seventies. After studying for four years at The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, she has worked as a professional wildlife pencil artist for over 20 years.
Julie works solely in pencil, creating highly detailed, black and white drawings and prints predominantly of wildlife and beach life.
Julie has worked with many charities, producing wildlife drawings and prints to raise funds and awareness, including DSWF. She has won many awards and was shortlisted for Wildlife Artist of the Year competition in 2011.
Both author and artist, Tanya Russell is well-known for her vibrant animal sculptures. Tanya apprenticed for seven years with her parents, sculptors Lorne McKean FRBS and Edwin Russell FRBS. While practicing as a sculptor she founded The Art Academy in London Bridge, now a degree validated and thriving art school.
Many of Tanya’s animal sculptures have been sculpted to raise money for animal and welfare charities, others have been commissioned by companies and individuals. Tanya has created a new range of small animal sculptures and relationship pieces that aim to express her respect for animals great and small.
Kenyan born, Priya Shah, completed a degree in textiles at the University of Southampton. Years later, having worked in a bronze foundry, she started painting full-time. Priya has been shortlisted twice for Wildlife Artist of the Year. On the back of her success at Wildlife Artist of the Year, Priya returned to her textile roots and started creating ‘wearable art’ through her clothing brand Mia Kora, that sells beautiful silk scarves and shawls using artwork.
Establishing himself internationally as a world-leading wildlife artist, Jonathan Truss’s paintings hang in collections around the world from Botswana to Beverley Hills. He has had countless exhibitions in New York, London, Los Angeles, Zambia and Kenya. He was also a featured artist with P&O and Cunard Cruises 2011-2017.
Although previously a musician, actor and cabaret artiste, he has been a professional animal artist for over 25 years. His art career has seen him signed to leading fine art publishers here in the UK.
Supporting the conservation of many endangered species, he has raised thousands of pounds for wildlife. In 2016 he painted a record-breaking life-size big tusker elephant in oils on canvas. He is also a five times finalist of Wildlife Artist of the Year.
Julie Wilson is an animal sculptor who lives and works in rural Leicestershire. Several trips to Kenya inspired her African pieces, although her sculptures range from penguins to Himalayan snow leopards.
All her pieces are highly detailed, textured, and very natural. They are made from coarse stoneware clay using slab building techniques and hand-finished using slips and oxides. View them here.