My painting of ‘Kitani’ has been short-listed for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2011! I am so happy, it’s the best thing to happen to my work so far, it really is a dream come true for me. I have looked at this competition for a few years; it attracts such talented wildlife artists worldwide. I know I'm very fortunate to have my work shown with such established artists and I get the chance to exhibit at the prestigious Mall galleries in London! :o) I would like to thank everyone for their continued support here on the blog and more recently on facebook from artists and people who take an interest. It really is great to be part of such a fantastic community that inspires and motivates, without which I might not have even entered the competition.
I made a lot of visits to Chester zoo last year which was educational where I learnt that Black Rhinos are critically endangered. It’s a disturbing thought to wonder if future generations will be able to share the same experiences as us. I wanted to get to know these animals a little better. Kitani stood out for me, an animal with such powerful presence seemed to have a certain gentle quality about her that I really liked. Its also been a great experience for me to try something different, maybe a little out of my comfort zone! Right well Im going to enjoy a glass of wine and I raise my glass to you all-cheers!