Linda Wilkes

Wildlife and Nature Artist

Born in Plymouth in 1953, now living in Honiton Devon. For thirty five years Linda has studied wildlife and it’s habitat in meticulous detail. Not only does she capture the character and intracacies of the native wildlife but also the flower and fauna.

I am inspired by the natural world, and I find there are so many subjects and ideas to choose for a painting. With a lot of thought going into the composition, choosing a light source and mood is an important aspect of my painting. Working in Gouache and using an airbrush for the skies or background, then blocking in the basic shapes and tones, then applying layers of paint to build up the image. I also work in Oils and Acrylic, the subject will determine the medium.

When people see my work I would like them to be a part of the picture, and how I see the natural world. Observing, sketching and photographing my subjects, the field studies of nature are a very important part in the accuracy of my paintings. Specialising in British wildlife I also study birds of prey at falconry centres. I have supported the ‘RSPB’ and ‘Wildlife Trusts’ at my solo shows for many years donating a percentage of sales to them. My work has also been published as greetings cards with ‘Clover Greetings’ and ‘Dolphin Fine Art’, also the ‘Barn Owl Trust’.

‘Art Has No Borders’ 2014 competition selected two of my works for the online iArtBook in the ‘101 Artworks featuring the Animal Kingdom’ category published by ‘Pandora Publications’ and ‘Elizabeth Beecher Publishing’ which includes world wide artists. I have many collectors throughout the UK and Europe, also the USA and Canada. Also I have tutored the occasional workshop and exhibited in various galleries across England.

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