Heather Irvine

I am a contemporary nature inspired wildlife, equestrian and canine artist with a passion for Painted Dogs in particular. My work is based around the senses and emotions and has its roots firmly planted in impressionism, using loose brushwork and energetic strokes whilst retaining the feeling of presence and place. Mainly working from my own imagination, I use oils, acrylic, mixed media (charcoal for drawing) with bold bright complimentary colours to experiment with composition and form. Movement plays a huge role in my work, the animals within it will always be ‘doing’ something, either naturally or as a metaphor for deeper meaning depending on where their journey takes me! Either way, I try to be true to each individual. I have exhibited for many years with NEWA (now EWA), The Society of Wildlife Artists, been a finalist at the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year for over 8 years and a category winner twice and overall winner 2012 of BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year. Wherever possible I support conservation causes through the many animals I depict.