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British wildlife artist Jackie Garner - profile

"Wildlife artist, Jackie Garner"... I've been painting wildlife and the natural world for over 30 years. I originally trained at Medway College of Design, before becoming the part-time education officer at Gloucestershire's Nature in Art. That role allowed me to indulge my love of wildlife art, and I was inspired - and taught - by some of the great British wildlife artists - Robert Gillmor, Peter Partington, Bruce Pearson, Greg Poole... Before I knew it my metamorphosis from a "naturalist interested in art" to an "artist interested in nature" was complete.

Inspiration usually strikes when Iím out watching wildlife - whether thatís in the back garden or the other side of the world - but it could even be when seeing a depiction of wildlife from the depths of history. Mostly though, itís natural pattern or texture that fires up my enthusiasm. Acrylics are my preferred paint choice, unless the subject demands a different medium. After all, capturing the delicacy of a feather isnít the same as revelling in the texture of an elephantís hide, so my paint choice needs to reflect that.

My paintings of nature and wildlife have been shown on BBC television and are held in collections as far afield as the Falkland Islands, Trinidad, Australia and the USA.

You can read more about how my career as a wildlife artist has evolved.

Selected highlights:

London exhibitions
  • Coningsby Gallery, Bloomsbury (solo exhibition)
  • Falkland House, Westminster (solo exhibition)
  • Lloyd's of London Art Group
  • Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours
  • Royal Miniatures Society
  • Society of Botanic Artists
  • Society of Women Artists
  • Society of Wildlife Artists

  • Provincial exhibitions
  • Artisan Gallery, Nailsworth, Glos
  • Beckford Fine Art Summer Exhibition, Hereford
  • Bird Art at 50, Birdscapes Gallery, Norfolk
  • Cheng Kim Loke Gallery, Slimbridge, Glos
  • Gloucestershire Society of Artists
  • Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • National Exhibition of Wildlife Art (NEWA), The Wirral
  • "Wildlife Art of Ancient Egypt", Nature in Art, Glos

    and Festivals
  • Artburst, Glos
  • Nature in Art, Glos
  • British Birdwatching Fair, Rutland
  • Uttar Pradesh Festival of Birds, India
  • Art in Action, Oxon
  • Commissions
  • Drawing of Bailey's Hotel in London, presented to the chairman of Copthorne Hotels to mark the company's flotation on the London Stock Exchange
  • Painted commemorative plaques for a state banquet held in honour of the King of Norway, a pair of which were presented to the King by the Lord Mayor of London
  • Commissioned to paint the 2015 Wildlife Habitat Trust Conservation Stamp
  • Commissions for private collectors

  • Teaching
  • Spanish wildlife art course with Art Safari, Southern Spain
  • Puffin Island wildlife art course with Art Safari, Lundy
  • Bloomsbury Summer School
  • Gloucestershire Society of Artists
  • Gloucester Arts & Crafts Summer School
  • Highland wildlife art course, Aigas, Scotland
  • Kingshill Art Centre, Gloucester
  • Nature in Art, Gloucester
  • numerous art and Egyptology societies
  • private tuition


    Books & Illustrations
  • The Wildlife Artist's Handbook (authored and illustrated)
  • Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2014 (cover illustration)
  • Birding World (cover illustration)
  • Grouse of the World (illustrations)
  • The Snowy Owl - Poyser monograph (illustrations)
  • The Birds of Gloucestershire (illustrations)

  • Blogs & web features
  • Artsy Shark featured artist
  • Daler Rowney featured artist
  • Jackson's Art blog
  • Painters Online interview
  • Talking Naturally blog (interview)
  • Talking Naturally blog (review: The Wildlife Artist's Handbook)
  • Winsor & Newton featured artist

  • Features and articles in magazines
  • Leisure painter (monthly contributor)
  • Art-Share-Love magazine: Top 10 Wildlife Artists 2017
  • Artists & Illustrators magazine
  • Bird Art & Photography magazine
  • Birds Illustrated magazine
  • Birdwatch magazine
  • Cotswold Essence magazine
  • Cotswold Life magazine
  • Countryman's Weekly magazine
  • LandLove magazine
  • News & Notes, The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
  • Penguin News (Falkland Islands official newspaper)
  • Sporting Gun magazine
  • The Countryman magazine
  • The Times of India
  • Whoís Who in Art
  • TV & radio
  • BBC Radio Gloucestershire (features)
  • BBC Radio Warwickshire
  • BBC television
  • Birdfair TV (British Birdwatching Fair)

    Community arts projects
  • Sheepscape, Forest of Dean

  • Judging panels
  • The Wildlife Art Society International annual exhibition 2013
  • Solution Graphics


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