Ben Hoskyns has been a full time professional artist since 1988, specializing in oils of British wildlife.
He has developed more as a landscape artist in recent years and his studies of birds and animals are often part of a progression towards his larger pieces. The smaller landscapes, themselves, are usually part of that same development so that there may be several different versions of a particular view - a change of angle, subject, light or narrative - but each instilling that feeling of ‘being there’ and capturing the very essence of the British countryside.
He has illustrated several books and wrote and illustrated Holland & Holland’s The Nature of Game (1994), with a foreword by the Duke of Edinburgh. He has, more recently, collaborated with some of the country’s leading wildlife artists to produce the three books in the Artists’ Impressions series: The Woodcock, The Grouse and Deer.
Rodger has been painting professionally for over forty years and his work has taken him all over the world. Whilst he is best known for his wildlife paintings he also paints portraits, cartoons and stage sets and has illustrated over thirty books including the hugely successful Open Season: An Artist’s Sporting Year.
His work can be seen in a great many private collections from gamekeepers’ cottages to royal palaces.
Shooting with his father in his early teens provided Keith Sykes with the initial inspiration to draw and paint. His early pictures were an attempt to capture the excitement and atmosphere of coastal wildfowling for which he had a passion.
He is now best known for his fine-detailed black and white scraperboard inks of gundogs, most of which are portrait commissions. His other subjects include horses, British wildlife, African game and wild boar.
Although extremely time consuming, scraperboard is an ideal medium for depicting fur and feather. By using black ink on a white background, Keith relies purely on light and shade to capture the unique character of the animal or bird he is portraying
Keith collaborated with several other leading British wildlife artists in the production of the books The Woodcock – Artists’ Impressions, The Grouse – Artists’ Impressions and Deer – Artists’ Impressions.
Jason Sweeney lives in the Scottish Borders and creates wildlife sculptures from welded stainless steel. He draws inspiration from the abundance of local wildlife, creating a diverse range of sculpture.
Jason spends most of the year on private commissions for collectors with some time set aside for exhibition work.
Stainless steel is a medium with innate strength, allowing the fluid vitality of the piece to be unhindered by structural support, providing Jason the opportunity to create what is undoubtedly his recognizable style.
The sculptures are created from flat sheets and beaten into shape before being welded together and finished by grinding and buffing. Jason carries out the whole process, by hand, thus ensuring that every piece is truly unique.
Jonathan lives in Perthshire. He cares deeply about Nature and how to paint it. As a field artist he has forty years of observation behind him. As a watercolourist, his strength is in what he leaves out and his oils are often painted in layers of pigment and glaze, striving for luminosity.
Jonathan’s work has been chosen for the Royal Glasgow Institute, the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Scottish Society of Watercolours, the Aberdeen Artists’ Society, the Singer-Friedlander Watercolour exhibition and the Society of Wildlife Artists. He was awarded the Maude Gemmell Hutchison prize at the Scottish Royal Academy and his work is on display at Nature in Art, Gloucester.
Jonathan is an elected Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists in the United States, exhibiting in its Annual exhibition, and an elected Signature Member of the Artists’ Foundation for Conservation. His work hangs in the Permanent Collection at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wisconsin, home to ‘Birds in Art’, considered the world’s premier Bird Art show
Despite being a challenging medium, Owen Williams has always enjoyed the natural luminescence that watercolour offers to the painter of landscapes and wildlife. Inspired by the Victorian watercolourists he has concentrated on mastering this medium since the start of his career in 1985.
Growing up on a hill farm in West Wales, Owen developed a passion for both wildlife and weather from an early age, which inspired him to become an artist in later life and his paintings now hang in many private collections, both in the UK and abroad. In 2003 the Royal Household commissioned him to paint teal over a flight pond at Sandringham as their present to the Duke of Cambridge to mark his 21st birthday.
Owen’s lifelong fascination for woodcock has led him to contribute to scientific research into this species by setting up the Woodcock Network which works closely with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. He has personally caught and ringed over 1600 woodcock and it is this unique familiarity with both the form and character of this enigmatic species that has inspired him to create his beautiful and well-observed bronzes of woodcock.
Sam MacDonald grew up on the Isle of Lewis. He studied for four years at Camberwell School of Arts before returning to Scotland to live on Orkney for 20 years, where he combined his love of fishing, diving and the sea with his developing skills in metalwork.
Sam uses old, traditional techniques to produce contemporary and unique metal relief works in pewter, gold leaf, bronze, copper and brass. He creates impressions of fish, using the tactile effects that metal, its processes and techniques have to offer.
Tania Still was born in 1976 and grew up in North Yorkshire before moving to London in 1996 to study at the City and Guilds of London Art School in Kennington, where she completed her diploma and postgraduate studies in Fine Art Painting.
Tania predominantly concentrates on painting horses and hounds. Unless vital to the work, she portrays her subjects without a background. Her work has diversified over the years. She is a unique phenomenon in British sporting art - not since the days of Stubbs has an artist had the audacity to paint animals with such vigor, utterly divorced from their surroundings. Her work is now in great demand, predominantly for private commissions. She lives in London with her husband, daughter and son.
Tania’s paintings can be found in many private collections throughout the UK, Europe, the USA and Argentina -
one of her most notable commissions being the World Champion Flat Racehorse of 2015 ‘Golden Horn’.