Chris Wright, Wildlife artist and print commissions, Pet or wildlife drawings

The Ape and the Monkeys

16 August 2013

The Ape and the Monkeys

CERCOPAN is a Nigerian primate conservation charity very close to my heart. Having spent a few months resident at the Rhoko rainforest research camp in the stunning Cross River State forests to undertake my Masters fieldwork in 2005, I returned to the UK and acted as Trustee. This summer, I had the opportunity to give something more tangible back to the organisation, thanks to the generosity of two clients, keen to purchase my artwork and benefit primates at the same time. As ever, the inspirational Ian Redmond, OBE (pictured), agreed to sign two of my "Titus" prints, and my excited clients donated a whopping £1,200 to CERCOPAN. To read their own report, visit the "CERCOPAN website".

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Making Tracks

28 March 2013

Making Tracks

The three-week Tiger Tracks event raised awareness and funds for wild tiger conservation at London's spectacular St Pancras International station. A programme of educational and artistic workshops ended with a star-studded gala fundraiser, at which my limited edition large scale (1m x 75cm) canvas print of "Sumatran Sultan" raised £1,100 in aid of Born Free and the Environmental Investigation Agency. I would like to thank Joanna Lumley, Virginia McKenna and Louise Redknapp (pictured) for generously signing the canvas.

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Charity for chimps

6 February 2013

Charity for chimps

At the Barbican's spectacular conservatory, the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary hosted a memorable fundraiser for the inspiring work they do rescuing and caring for hundreds of orphaned chimpanzees in Sierra Leone. I was delighted to have a limited edition print of my drawing "Caught Snacking" (pictured) signed by legendary primatologist Dr Jane Goodall DBE (centre) and auctioned on the night. Dame Goodall spoke eloquently about the need to protect our nearest primate relatives, explained why she still has great hope in the next generation of conservationists and paid moving tribute to the sanctuary Founder and Director, Bala Amarasekaran (left), for his inspirational work. www.tacugama.com Photo courtesy of Jack Latimer.

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Animal Art Fair Xmas Show

30 October 2012

Animal Art Fair Xmas Show

On 8th November, The Gallery in Chelsea will host a private view of my original drawings, limited edition prints, and spectacular sculpture by another three fellow wildlife artists. The show is being organised by the Animal Art Fair, and runs from 5th to 21st November (open 10am-6pm daily). If you would like join me at the private view, please drop me a line and I will happily add you to the guest list. For more details, visit the Animal Art Fair website

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NEWA 2012

15 July 2012

NEWA 2012

Yet again, the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art at the Goredale Centre, on the Wirral, lived up to its reputation as one of the finest displays of its type in the country. I was delighted to have two of my drawings selected, and had a fantastic day demonstrating to hundreds of visitors to the show.

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Summer Shows

20 June 2012

No fewer than FOUR exhibitions across the country will be featuring my work in July! Starting with the Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace, Perthshire on 29th June, followed closely by the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art in Cheshire from 13th July and Transient Nature at the Willow Gallery in Oswestry, Shropshire from 23rd July, as well as my ongoing display at Picturecraft Gallery, Holt in Norfolk. For more details of dates and venues, visit my Exhibitions page

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Royally Good Art

9 June 2012

Royally Good Art

The lovely folk at the What If Gallery, Dartford, recently asked me to judge their Jubilee-inspired art exhibition on Saturday 9th June. Open to all ages, with a range of cash prizes, the "Royalty" show was an exciting mixture of media, subject matter and styles. I felt the pressure of having to pick winners, but in the end plumped for a charming portrait of the Queen. Thanks to exhibition curator Anne Langouroux (right) and committee Principal and fellow judge, Ruth Howard (left), pictured with me and the winning painting. For details of this community-run gallery visit their website here

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Brockley Max Festival

2 June 2012

Brockley Max Festival

The Brockley Max Festival gave me an opportunity to showcase my work in my own neighbourhood this summer. Taking over the newly refurbished Room104 Gallery, a stone's throw from my home, I spent a week demonstrating my drawing technique to visitors as I worked on a new piece. The Festival is a varied mixture of art exhibitions, creative workshops, music and drama, and it felt great to support such a local institution's efforts to celebrate the array of talent and culture right on our doorsteps!

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David Shepherd Wildlife Artist

26 May 2012

David Shepherd Wildlife Artist

For the third successive year, I have been selected as a finalist in the Wildlife Artist of the Year awards. I am thrilled that all four of my submissions made it through to the final round of judging this year. As ever, the variety and quality of the competition was exceptional across the board, making it a real honour to be invited to exhibit.

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Animal Art Fair on the Thames

20 May 2012

Animal Art Fair on the Thames

This year's Animal Art Fair was a roaring success. Sales of my work topped last year, helping to raise over £250 for Born Free. In its exciting now venue on the Southbank, the event had a real vibrancy about it, attracting a large, enthusiastic and varied audience, including celebrities Clare Balding and Miranda Hart - both of whom were very complementary about my drawings. To be added to the invite list for next year's preview, do drop me a line.

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On the Tube

30 April 2012

On the Tube

Over the next few weeks, my image "Hanging On" is featuring on Animal Art Fair posters at tube stations across Central London. For a chance to win a free limited edition print of this orang-utan drawing, just take a photo of yourself in front of one of these posters and either email it to me, post it on my Chris Wright Wildlife Art Facebook Page, or tweet it to me @ChrisWrightArt. To enter the prize draw, I just need to know your name, email address and at which tube station the photo was taken. The competition closes at midnight on Tuesday 15th May. Happy poster hunting - and good luck!

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RSPCA art show

16 April 2012

RSPCA art show

Based around the theme of global wildlife conservation through wildlife rehabilitation projects, and organised by the RSPCA, this exhibition at the beautiful Audlem Mill is the third instalment of a show touring Cheshire, featuring work by some of the world's leading wildlife artists. Sales of my artwork will raise awareness of, and funds for, the rehabilitation work undertaken by the Born Free Foundation. After the show ends on 11th June, the next venue will be the Willow Gallery in Oswestry, starting July.

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See how it's done!

14 April 2012

See how it's done!

By popular demand, I'll be pitching my drawing table at Picturecraft Gallery in Holt, Norfolk on Saturday 21st April, from 10am until 4.30pm. It's free to attend, so why not drop by and watch me work on my latest tiger cub drawing? I'm always happy to chat to visitors, and I'll be offering a 10% discount on all prints and originals on the day, so I look forward to seeing you there! To read more about my artistic inspiration and conservation activities, AllthingsNorfolk recently interviewed me about my demo, here

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Ginger Auction for Orangutans

1 March 2012

Ginger Auction for Orangutans

My latest orangutan print, "Hanging On", is being auctioned as part of a Jungle VIP Ginger Auction organised by the Sumatran Orangutan Society. Alongside items donated by ginger celebrities, including Chris Evans, Nicole Kidman, Thom Yorke, Tim Minchin, Jane Asher, Steve Davis, Nicola Roberts and Anne Robinson, the sale of my print is raising urgently needed funds to help protect Sumatra's remaining wild orangs. To bid, visit my ebay site here. The auction ends at 2222 on Thursday 8th March.

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Drawings in Norfolk all year!

21 January 2012

After several successful showings at Picturecraft Gallery in the past few years, 2012 will be the first time I have exhibited there year-round. From January to Christmas Eve, a selection of my originals, prints and canvases will be on sale, regularly updated to include my very latest work. Watch this space for dates of forthcoming in-gallery drawing demonstrations...or "Like" my Facebook Page and receive automatic updates on my latest news here

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Wildlife Art Adventure

31 October 2011

Wildlife Art Adventure

Following its popularity at Nantwich Museum, this exhibition, which features a range of my originals and limited edition prints, is now touring to additional venues. First stop is the Weaver Hall Museum in Northwich, where my work and that of some of the world's most celebrated wildlife artists will be on show until 22nd January 2012. The show is also a chance to learn about wildlife rehabilitation work undertaken around the world by each artist's chosen charity. My drawings, of course, highlight the work of Born Free, which - as always - will benefit from sales of my work.

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WildlifeXpo

12 October 2011

WildlifeXpo

I was talking tigers and volunteering at this major new wildlife exhibition at London's Alexandra Palace on 14th & 15th October. On both days, I enjoyed chatting with visitors about Born Free's Satpuda Landscape Tiger Programme in Central India as well as speaking on the Biosphere Expeditions expert panel, "How to Choose your Wildlife Volunteering Holiday", offering tips to help volunteers ensure they invest their goodwill, time and effort on projects that have real benefits for conservation, whilst encouraging them to steer clear of those that can actually have negative welfare impacts for many animals. For advice on choosing a reputable volunteering experience, visit the Born Free website

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Drawing Demo and Tiger Talk

19 September 2011

Drawing Demo and Tiger Talk

I spent the day drawing in Nantwich Museum on Friday 23rd September to promote Animal Art Adventure, an exhibition of artwork by some of the world's leading wildlife artists, including my own drawings of animals rescued by Born Free. Organised by the RSCPA's Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, the show is raising awareness and funds to support wildlife rehabilitation projects in the UK and worldwide. My demonstration gave people the chance to see me continuing my progress on the meerkat family drawing, which seemed a particular hit with the children who came to watch me work. Afterwards, I gave an illustrated talk about Born Free's work to protect and conserve tigers, raising further awareness and cash to help keep them in the wild.

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All Cats Great and Small

26 August 2011

All Cats Great and Small

For the first time, as an Associate of the Society of Feline Artists, my work will be included in the SOFA Annual Show from 26th August until 16th September. For more details of dates, and opening times for the venue - the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in London - visit my Exhibitions page

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Pencil Tips

20 August 2011

Pencil Tips

I returned to demonstrate my drawing technique at Picturecraft Gallery in Holt, on Saturday 20th August. It's always a pleasure to sit in the gallery space and meet art lovers, share advice with fellow artists and hear people's reactions to my work. I spent the day working on my latest drawing - a meerkat family photographed by colleague Chris Gordon - and made real progress!

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NEWA and Iona shows opening!

12 July 2011

My work has again been selected for the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, at the Goredale Garden Centre, in Cheshire, from Friday 15th until Sunday 31st July. For those further south, the Iona House Gallery has invited me to exhibit in their Great Outdoors show, from Sunday 17th July until Sunday 4th September. For more details of dates and venues, visit my Exhibitions page

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Jam-packed July!

28 June 2011

Jam-packed July!

No fewer than FIVE exhibitions across the country will be featuring my work in July! Starting with the Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace, Perthshire on 1st July, followed closely by Animal Art Adventure at Cheshire's Nantwich Museum from July 2nd, a further three shows in Oxfordshire, Norfolk and another in Cheshire will give you the opportunity to see - and buy - my work. For more details of dates and venues, visit my Exhibitions page

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Another win for wildlife!

17 June 2011

Another win for wildlife!

My tiger print, Sumatran Sultan, was auctioned for almost £1,000 at the recent fundraising gala dinner held at London's Savoy Hotel, in honour of the Born Free Foundation's founder, Virginia McKenna, who was celebrating her 80th Birthday. Celebrity supporters of the charity, including Martin Clunes, Joanna Lumley, Ronnie Corbett and Leslie Phillips, flocked to the event, helping to raise in excess of £200,000 for Born Free's work to protect wildlife. Prints of Sumatran Sultan can be bought here

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Animal Art Fair

9 May 2011

Animal Art Fair

Promoted as "showcasing the greatest selection of animal artists exhibiting in one place at one time", my first showing at the Animal Art Fair in Fulham Palace, proved a real success. I sold two original drawings and twenty-four prints in total, including eight enlarged canvases of Tusker. Shown above, this elephant image can be delivered directly to your home at any size required. Sales of my work at the Fair raised funds for Prince William's charity, TUSK, and the Born Free Foundation, and I look forward to exhibiting again next year.

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Artists for Conservation

19 April 2011

The increasing contribution my artwork is making to conservation has led to me being invited to join Artists for Conservation, and I am honoured to be amongst such respected company. Celebrating and uniting the work of artists dedicated to the preservation of nature, the AFC Foundation brings the art and creativity of its members closer to the conservation fieldwork they aim to inspire and support. The most exciting AFC ventures are their Flag Expeditions, providing grants to allow artists to observe endangered species and act as their ambassadors through the resulting artworks. Watch this space for further news, but in the meantime, click here to visit the AFC website.

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Drawing Demo

3 April 2011

Drawing Demo

My drawing demo in Norfolk went really well at the weekend - great turn out and my latest picture of an orangutan mother and baby sold on its first showing! Thanks to all those who came, observing me make steady progress with my next tiger drawing (pictured). My next demonstration will hopefully be in August, again at Picturecraft Gallery, Holt. To stay informed about this, and other forthcoming events, sign up for my twice-yearly Newsletter by dropping me an email.

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Artist of the Year 2011

23 March 2011

I have been shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year award 2011. Having made my debut appearance in last year's competition, I have had two entries selected this year - "Going, going...gone?", depicting three critically endangered Ethiopian Wolves, and a drawing of two elephants engaged in a trunk wrestle, entitled "Tender Tussle". These two as yet unseen images will be shown at London's Mall Galleries from 6th to 11th June.

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£1,500 raised for tigers

5 March 2011

£1,500 raised for tigers

At the start of March, my print of "Sumatran Sultan", especially signed by Born Free Founder Virginia McKenna, raised £1,500 for conservation charities Born Free, WildAid and EIA at a star-studded tiger gala dinner at Knightsbridge's Mandarin Oriental hotel. Luminaries of the fashion, acting, art, show business and conservation worlds, including Jimmy Choo, Joanna Lumley, Nicholas Parsons, Alastair McGowan and Bill Oddie, came together for one critically important cause; to raise funds to save wild tigers. United by the urgent need to protect the world's few remaining wild tigers, almost 200 diners enjoyed a spectacular evening of entertainment, inspiring people to raise in excess of £100,000. The photo shows me alongside my print, joined by Virginia McKenna and fellow wildlife artist, Gary Hodges.

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Rare at cueB -12 Jan to 17 Feb

28 December 2010

Rare at cueB -12 Jan to 17 Feb

To be rare is to heighten curiosity, generate excitement and fuel demand. My latest exhibition, "Rare" at cueB in Brockley, explores how rarity also enhances the way we value things. No matter how an artwork's complexity, provenance or authorship influence its market value, it is invariably more prized if rare. But the subject matter of my drawings wild animals of varying rarity and charm poignantly invites us to question the relationship between scarcity and value. Does a Sumatran tiger drawing inspire us to treasure the animal itself for its intrinsic value as a majestic wild animal? Or are we simply scared into valuing its existence because we know it to be so close to extinction? Is the meerkat a relatively common African rodent only considered by many British people to be their favourite animal thanks to its inventive animated characterisation to promote insurance? Rare gives us a chance to analyse what we value in art and the natural world economically or ethically. Certainly, less is more; the exclusive and the exotic draw us in. But when it comes to our willingness to care for and conserve other living beings, do we recognise enough the inherent value in life itself, or only the threat to existence?

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Christmas Commission

25 December 2010

Christmas Commission

Here are two very happy - if slightly tearful - clients on Christmas day, having just unwrapped their cat commission! You too can commission a very special surprise gift - perhaps your pets, like these guys, or a loved one's favourite wild animal. To find out what I can offer, just drop me a line at chris@cwright.co.uk.

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Titus auctioned to help apes

7 December 2010

Titus auctioned to help apes

On a star-studded night at the Lyceum Theatre in London's West End, the Ape Alliance hosted "Hope 4 Apes" - a fundraising evening of inspirational talks about apes by some of the world's most renowned conservationists. Sir David Attenborough effortlessly oversaw proceedings on stage and marvelled - along with the 3,000-strong audience - at the hope-filled addresses by such eminent experts as Dame Jane Goodall and Ian Redmond OBE (pictured above). I was delighted not only to meet Sir David and TV presenter-cum-conservationist Mark Cawardine, but also that my limited edition print of Titus the gorilla raised the highest sum of all the items in the evening's charitable auction. Prints of Titus can be bought online here

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November Newsletter

30 October 2010

My latest Newsletter is just out, updating you on what I've been drawing, exhibiting...and even winning. If you haven't already received your copy by email, let me know and I'll send you one!

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Meerkats near the Market

12 September 2010

Meerkats near the Market

During August I exhibited a selection of my original drawings and limited edition prints at the Menier Gallery in London, near Borough Market. For more details on the venue, click here.

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NEWA 2010

31 July 2010

NEWA 2010

For the fourth year running, my work was selected for display - and sold! - at the spectacular National Exhibition of Wildlife Art. The exhibition featured three of my latest originals, one of which was also selected as the feature image on the exhibition invites (see First Day at School). I attended the opening preview, followed by the inaugural Wildlife Awareness Day, at which I had the opportunity to talk to exhibition visitors about Born Free's conservation and welfare work, alongside the pre-eminent Pollyanna Pickering (see photo). For details on the exhibition, and to see the drawings I had selected, check: the NEWA website

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Gold Citation at TWASI!

8 June 2010

Gold Citation at TWASI!

My drawing "The Local Flirt" was awarded a Gold Citation by The Wildlife Art Society International - of which I am a professional Associate - at its annual show at the renowned Nature in Art museum and gallery, Gloucestershire. Limited Edition Prints of the drawing are available to buy here.

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Pench Tiger Reserve

6 June 2010

Pench Tiger Reserve

Well, I saw no tigers during my recent visit to Pench in Central India, but given the 47 degree heat (!!) they may have been doing the sensible thing and hiding to stay cool. The Reserve is a beautiful environment, and I saw many other species during two drives, including some particularly good sightings of Indian Rollers, a Crested Serpent Eagle, Indian Wild Dogs, displaying peacocks and the omnipresent Hanuman Langurs - photographed below sharing a scarce patch of water with a male chital. The Born Free Foundation is supporting conservationists active throughout this landscape to improve the protection of tigers and their precious habitat, so hopefully I'll see one on my next trip. To read more about the Satpuda Landscape Tiger Programme, click here

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Wildlife Artist of the Year!

24 May 2010

Wildlife Artist of the Year!

Having been shortlisted for the coveted David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year awards 2010, I am delighted to announce that my drawing "Branching Out" was "Highly Commended" by the judges. All shortlisted artworks are on display, free entry, at the Mall Galleries from 25-29th May, but for a sneak preview, visit the exhibition website

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Tiger conservation article

19 May 2010

I have been quoted in an important article that was published in the Metro newspaper across the UK. To read the full report, visit: the Metro website

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Easter Exhibitions

13 March 2010

I will be showing original drawings and limited edition prints at two galleries from 13th March - in Picturecraft, Norfolk until 7th April, and in Gallery 204, Horsham, West Sussex until 12th April. For further details about the venues and opening times, visit the Exhibitions section of my website - see left.

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Flipping for Born Free

16 February 2010

Flipping for Born Free

To celebrate Pancake Day a few Born Free colleagues and I (pictured second right), braved the driving rain in the name of charity to raise funds to keep wildlife in the wild. Unfortunately, the terrible weather led to a nasty accident in the heats, rendering all subsequent races - including ours - no-running contests. Appropriately, given our costumes, we were pipped to the final flipping post by a whisker. On the plus side, several good causes benefited, and I even got to dress up as my favourite big cat to mark the start of the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar. Let us hope 2010 is a year to celebrate the start of tiger populations recovering in the wild - rather than one that sees their continued demise.

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Nepal Global Tiger Workshop

2 December 2009

Nepal Global Tiger Workshop

In late October, I represented Born Free at a 4-day conference in Kathmandu convened by the World Bank that brought together over 250 international tiger experts. The aim of the workshop was to analyse the threats facing the world's perilously low (<3,500) and fast-decreasing wild tiger population, and propose a plan of action to ensure the revival of this most iconic of animals. It is hoped that the delegates' recommendations will be adopted into National policy by the 13 countries where tigers persist in the wild, leading to a Ministerial declaration in Thailand in January. If this is achieved, the Global Tiger Summit in Russia in late 2010 will invite Heads of State to further commit their nations at the highest level to doing everything possible to protect the beleaguered tiger. With 2010 being the Year of the Tiger in Asian calendars, next year provides a great opportunity to make good on years of political promises - or else the next time the Year of the Tiger comes round in 2022, there may be no wild tigers left to protect.

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London debut

2 November 2009

London debut

In October, I exhibited my artwork in London for the first time at the Queen's Elm Gallery, Chelsea. A percentage of profits from sales at this group show, organised by Art of Giving, went towards the Born Free Foundation and the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust. Over 400 people attended the opening preview night alone, raising much needed funds for wildlife conservation.

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Sponsored SkyDive - job done!

30 September 2009

Sponsored SkyDive - job done!

On 25th September, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Born Free Foundation, 25 staff and supporters leapt from a plane 10,000ft above the Wiltshire countryside to raise awareness and funds for wildlife conservation. I found myself among that number, and shared the mix of terror and exhilaration felt by all as we plummeted to the ground at over 180mph! On behalf of the team, and the wildlife we strive to protect, I would like to thank all those who have generously contributed to our fundraising effort.

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Solo Exhibition in September!

15 September 2009

Solo Exhibition in  September!

15 - 28 Sep: A wide selection of my limited edition prints - including some not previously seen in Norfolk - will be on sale at the North Norfolk District Council Offices, Holt Road, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9EN. Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm, this will be the second time I have exhibited at this venue, the first time being in 2005.

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New work submitted to NEWA

13 July 2009

New work submitted to NEWA

Having exhibited and sold at each of the last two annual National Exhibitions of Wildlife Art, I am delighted to announce that three of my drawings will once more be at this prestigious showcase for the very best in international wildlife art. One of them, a drawing of Titus the Mountain Gorilla - pictured - was completed only last month and will be on show, and available to buy, for the very first time on the preview night, Thursday 16th July. Full details of the exhibition at the Goredale Centre, Chester, can be found under Exhibitions.

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Limassol Zoo Leopards Rehomed

19 June 2009

Limassol Zoo Leopards Rehomed

At the end of May, after 19 years of campaigning, Virginia McKenna - Founder and Trustee of Born Free - at last witnessed the remaining three big cats at Limassol Zoo moved from their dismal conditions. Leda, and her daughters Rhea and Roxanni, were finally given the green light by the authorities to be re-homed to the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa. I over-saw the logistics of the move, ensuring things went as smoothly as possible, and that the disturbance to the leopards was kept to an absolute minimum. Once sedated and loaded into their travelling crates, it always amazes me how quickly our rescued cats settle down for what is invariably a lengthy journey ahead - and this feline family was no different. Naturally secretive animals, the leopards are taking time to adjust to their new, unfamiliar, but undoubtedly much-improved surroundings in the African bush. At least now, though, they can make such an adjustment at their own pace, far removed from the concrete cage in which they regularly suffered taunts and thrown objects from visitors to the zoo. A fitting way to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Born Free!

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RGS Presentation

21 April 2009

RGS Presentation

To celebrate Born Free's 25th Anniversary, the Royal Geographic Society recently hosted an evening of talks, attended by renowned conservationists, as well as the charity's patron Martin Clunes. I was honoured to see Founder Virginia McKenna present Born Free's longest-serving member of staff, Tricia Holford, with a limited edition print of my drawing of two lion cubs, signed by Virginia and her son, Will Travers. Prints of Marina and Sarnia, on whose rescue from Romania to South Africa I was involved, are available in the Gallery section of this site, priced £50 each.

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Romanian Lion Rescue

30 March 2009

Romanian Lion Rescue

I have recently returned from the rescue and relocation of Bella the lioness. Kept captive in appalling conditions in Buhusi Zoo for the first seven years of her life, she had developed deformed legs from malnutrition and a life-threatening eye disease from lack of suitable veterinary care. After a team of vets from the UK had operated to remove one eye and restore her sight in the other, Bella was declared fit to travel, and given temporary care at another, less decrepit zoo (above). This paved the way for the Born Free rescue team to set about taking her to Malawi, and in early March we travelled to Romania and accompanied her on a two-day journey to the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. Her emergence into her new, spacious enclosure in Malawi, watched by the emotional Virginia McKenna, was tentative, and moving. With no hope of being released back to the wild, due to the length and conditions of her captivity, Bella will now receive the highest possible care at the sanctuary.

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Tiger Rescue Sanctuary, India

29 November 2008

Tiger Rescue Sanctuary, India

I've just returned from the southern Indian state of Karnataka, having spent a week at Born Free's sanctuary for rescued tigers in Bannerghatta National Park. We currently care for three Siberian tigers rescued from deplorable conditions in an Italian circus, a Sumatran tiger called Roque (pictured above) who was rescued as a cub from the illegal pet trade in Tenerife, and a wild-born Indian tiger recently found in a steel poaching snare, since when he had to have his leg amputated preventing him from ever being returned to the wild. These stories are all too familiar around the world, highlighting the ever-more urgent need to increase protection for wild tigers before their numbers drop below the already alarmingly low estimate of just 1,300 in India - typically the species' stronghold.

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National Wildlife Art Show

29 August 2008

National Wildlife Art Show

This summer I exhibited at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art near Chester for the second time. This annual 'by invitation' exhibition is the biggest, most popular display of wildlife art outside London, and attracted over 12,000 visitors during its three-week run. I was delighted that my original drawing of an otter Bankside sold, and look forward to submitting more work for next year's show. Anyone interested in attending the opening night preview in 2009 (date to be confirmed) should contact me for an invite.

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Tiger Conservation trip

25 July 2008

Tiger Conservation trip

At the start of July, I visited the state of Maharashtra in Central India - home to a broad network of protected Tiger Reserves that are considered the species' best hope of survival in the wild. Here, Born Free is supporting the Satpuda Landscape Tiger Programme - a partnership of Indian NGOs implementing grassroots projects to tackle poaching, habitat destruction and increasing cases of direct conflict between tigers and people.

I spent three days discussing strategic plans with Indian conservationists at the parnership's Annual Seminar in Melghat Tiger Reserve. Afterwards, I toured the hinterland of the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve with the Bombay Natural History Society's Mobile Education Unit - a three-man team of conservationists raising awareness of environmental issues in schools and communities. Following this, the Tiger Research and Conservation Trust (TRACT) showed me the camera-trap work they have been undertaking to prove the presence of tigers beyond the bounds of protected areas - partly to inform local people of areas to avoid for their own safety, but also to pressure local government to extend protected area boundaries to better reflect the tigers' actual range. I was even able to accompany TRACT's anti-poaching team on foot patrol, in search of a tigress and her three cubs, recently sighted outside the Tiger Reserve. Whilst we didn't come across them, we did discover a sambar carcass, recently killed and devoured by a pack of Indian Wild Dog (see photo)!

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Lion Rescue

14 May 2008

Lion Rescue

I have just returned from South Africa, following the successful relocation of Brutus (a six year old male lion confiscated from a French circus), along with Sarnia and Marina (two six month old lion cubs abandoned in Romania) to the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa.

To read more about the cats and their journey to a better life, have a look at the Born Free website

I am currently working on a drawing of Sarnia, which should be complete by the end of May and will soon be posted on my website. Soon after, I plan to draw Marina so the two originals can be sold as a pair, with a percentage of the sale going to support Born Free's conservation projects.

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