home about whats on exhibitions members join contact us links


DAVID SHEPHERD CBE. 1931 – 2017.

We heard with great sadness of the death of David Shepherd, wildlife artist, outspoken conservationist, and founder of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation charity.

David was a Patron of TWASI for many years until his health declined, and he attended many events, always showing great interest in the Society’s artists and our conservation ethic. He was a genuinely gregarious man, very generous with his time.

One of the methods he used to raise funds was to donate his own artwork, inspiring many other wildlife artists to do the same for conservation causes.
I can remember many auctions of wildlife art that he arranged at Christies, and with David himself as the Auctioneer, what hilarious - but profitable – evenings they were!

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation that he founded supports far-reaching projects for the conservation of endangered mammals, and also supports both the wildlife Rangers and the indigenous rural communities.
David drew the public’s attention by illustrated talks over many years, and I am sure he inspired thousands not only to see the value of conservation, but also to appreciate the genre of wildlife art.

The link between these is the way in which we can all give something back to the animals that we love to depict.
David will be sorely missed, but I am sure that the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation will ensure that his legacy lives on.

Sarais Crawshaw

David Shepherd Obituary

Anthony Hodgson

New Honorary Fellow Member John Horton

The council of The Wildlife Art Society International has great pleasure in announcing the election of a new Honorary Fellow Member John Horton. The decision to award this honorary membership is taken on account of the dedication to and work done on behalf TWASI by this member over a number of years. All members of the council are un paid volunteers who devote much of their time to work on your behalf, to organise and run the Society as efficiently as possible.John Horton Honorary Member for Twasi

John Horton has been an active member of The Wildlife Art Society International ever since joining and has been an invaluable council member for the last 10 years. As the general contact between the council and the society members and the Annual Exhibition Coordinator he is well known to all the membership for his friendly, enthusiastic and efficient manner.

Coming from a farming background John has always enjoyed drawing and painting the countryside he has lived and worked in throughout his life. He specialises in large watercolour paintings depicting birds in landscape. These are inspired from observation and field sketches and the picture is developed through a free drawing process in the studio, which is then refined to the finished work using all available reference for accuracy and detail.

He travels widely and always has a sketchbook and camera at the ready to capture the events that will form the heart of a new picture. His art covers a wide variety of subject matter from general landscape and wildlife through to animal portraiture.

Watercolour is his favourite medium for its softness and subtlety but he also works in acrylic, oil and pencil.


A Brush with Africa Newsletter - November 2017



Derek Leslie Walker

Derek Walker Twasi Chairman

3rd June 1947 – 15th January 2016
Chairman of The Wildlife Art Society International

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of our chairman, Derek Walker after a short illness.

Derek trained as a pattern maker before moving into quality control but always had an interest in art. He and his wife, Trisha, moved to St. Ives in Cornwall four years ago and he was very pleased to have his own purpose built studio as was featured in volume 4 of ‘On the Wild Side’. In recent years Derek was spending a great deal of his time on conservation projects and was using his art to highlight many of the issues which concerned him and he was also writing a book about the Natural History of The St Ives Island which regrettably remains unfinished.

He worked many long hours in supporting and promoting the interest of TWASI and his presence will be sorely missed by everyone who worked with him. Derek chose to be buried in a beautiful woodland setting at Penwith Woodland Burial Place, Rose Farm, Chyenhal, Cornwall.



Yvonne Hughes

Ivonne Hughes Obituary Image Banner

We are sad to learn that Yvonne Hughes died in 2015 our thoughts and sympathy goes out to her husband Colin and Family.

Yvonne Hughes was a trained graphic designer and illustrator, studying at Hornsey College of Arts. Following graduation Yvonne spent three years in commercial advertising, followed by five years working at the world renowned Decca Record Company illustrating and designing record sleeves and librettos.

Following her time at Decca, Yvonne spent fourteen years working as a freelance visualiser for a display and merchandising company, enjoying the freedom to design and create with paint and airbrush for the commercial market.

During these years while bringing up her family and working from her home close to Epping Forest, Yvonne was able to study wildlife in its natural surroundings including a wealth of flora and fauna which lived at the end of her garden.

Yvonne extensively researched the natural world through fieldwork and observations, throughout the world and is was completely devoted to creative wildlife painting, with birds of prey and big cats being of particular interest to her, admiring their beauty, majestic freedom and power.

Yvonne used a combination of water colour and acrylic to capture accurately details of her subjects and apply them to her canvas’s and so captured the realism of the “living” creature.


Georgina Gibbons

Georgina Gibbons Obituary Notice

It is with great sadness that untimely death of Georgina has been announced. Georgina had been a member of TWASI for a number of years and she has many friends and colleagues amongst the membership who will miss both herself and her beautiful artwork.
We send our deepest sympathy to her husband and family at this sad time.

Here are a few words by Georgina herself describing her life and love of art.

“I loved art from a very early age and it was always my favourite subject at school. I went on to take a degree in graphic design but due to lack of encouragement from my tutors I abandoned art for a career in marketing.
Having always been an animal lover, it was my own dog that finally inspired me to take up art again and in 1991 I created a portrait of her in coloured pencils – my first animal portrait. In 1998 I tried pastels, fell in love with the medium and discovered my true passion for drawing animals. I painted several animal portraits for family and friends over the years, while working full time. In 2009 I decided to actively seek commissions, created a website and attended events promoting and demonstrating my work. It proved very successful and in 2010 I gave up the “day job” and am now a full time artist.

Much of my work is pet portraiture, often for someone who has just lost their beloved companion, and being able to give them a beautiful memento means almost as much to me as it does to them. I work quite intuitively, which is very helpful when painting animals that have sadly passed.

Wildlife art presents me with a different creative challenge, but for both types of art my objective is to bring out the spirit and personality of the individual subject and to portray my deep appreciation of its beauty. I attend several exhibitions throughout the year including The National Exhibition of Wildlife Art and annual exhibitions for The Marwell International Wildlife Art Society, The Natural World Art Group, The Association of Animal Artists and The Wildlife Art Society International. Limited edition prints of my artworks are available to order from my website.
At the start of 2011 I was lucky enough to go on safari to the Maasai Mara in Kenya and this was an unbelievable experience that has given me so much inspiration and even more passion for wildlife.

In 2013 I was thrilled to win the overall BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year competition, after being a finalist in 2011 and 2012. I am also through to the finals of the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2014 competition with two pieces.”

You can still view Georgina’s artwork on her web site: www.animalspiritart.co.uk


Andrew Forkner Book Promo Image

www.andrewforkner.co.uk - A-Z of Bird Portraits



Pollyanna and Virginia McKenna celebrate Thirty Years of Born Free

Born Free 30 years 1Born Free 30 Years 2

Wildlife Artist Pollyanna Pickering was delighted to welcome Virginia McKenna OBE, founder of the Born Free Foundation to her gallery in Derbyshire for a celebration day to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Born Free Foundation.

Tickets for the event sold out completely, and Pollyanna and Virginia spent the whole day signing copies of a specially created limited edition calendar in Pollyanna's crowded gallery. They were also joined by Will Travers, Virginia ’s son and the CEO of the Foundation. They were pleased to chat from visitors who had travelled the length and breadth of the UK - from the south coast to Scotland - to have the opportunity to purchase a calendar and view a specially staged exhibition of Pollyanna's work.

Pollyanna was pleased to be able to present Virginia with a cheque for £5150.00 to support the work Born Free do in protecting the Ethiopian wolves - one of the subjects of Pollyanna's latest book The Way of the Wolf – the only wolf in Africa , and the rarest in the world.

Virginia thanked Pollyanna saying "One of my most delightful experiences is to visit Pollyanna Pickering’s Gallery in Derbyshire. To stand there, surrounded by her luminous and beautiful paintings of animals, is breath-taking. She and her daughter, Anna-Louise, have been loyal and generous supporters of Born Free for about 25 years.”

“How fortunate we are to have such supporters. The day my son Will and I have just spent with them, and the many visitors to her special Born Free day, was unforgettable, and we are – as always – deeply grateful to them for their significant contribution to our work which will enhance our support for the Ethiopian Wolf Project, as these rare animals cling to survival high up in the mountains of Ethiopia."

Exhibition Photography Credit : Ruth Downning, Rural Pictures

If you require any further information about the event please contact:
Anna-Louise 01629 55851 annalouise@talktalk.net



Rob Braybrooks Julie Cross (2 paintings selected) Georgina Gibbons who have all sold - well done and Heather Irvine

Selected but not hung and displayed in the Portfolio
Heather Irvine Eleanor Ludgate and Victoria Parsons

Visit www.shop.davidshepherd.org/event/8/ to view the exhibition on line


The copyright of all paintings, drawings and photographs shown on this site are owned and retained by the individual artists and TWASI. All rights reserved.
Copyright ©2000-2015
Privacy Policy
Site Updated: November 14, 2017 2:13 PM