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LionAid Artists

Magnificent Wildlife Artist and Illustrator Kim Thompson

Kim Thompson works as both a wildlife artist and illustrator. She trained at Dyfed College of Art, West Wales, where she studied on a specialist wildlife illustration course, graduating with a Distinction in the late 1980s.

Concentrating on natural history subjects, including animals, birds, fish, reptiles and even dinosaurs, Kim paints a huge variety of creatures for many different companies. She has worked on projects for Marshall Cavendish, International Masters Publishers and illustrated book jackets for Macmillan Books as well as a series of children’s pop-up books for Templar Publishing. In addition she has produced wildlife and animal illustrations for advertisements and has worked through several art agencies. Her work has also been used to promote art materials for both Liquitex and Chroma Colour.


As well as illustrating wildlife, Kim is also a wildlife artist, painting for exhibitions and to commission. In the past she was commissioned by Royal Doulton to produce the artwork for a range of limited edition prints of British owls and animal images for their fine bone china ware. Her original paintings have been sold at Christie’s Wildlife Art auctions and are published by Rosenstiels, a major U.K based fine art publisher. She is also a regular participant in the Artist in Residence program at Nature in Art, Gloucester, a unique museum and gallery dedicated to promoting wildlife art and artists from around the world.


Kim is a committee member of Marwell International Wildlife Art Society, one of the biggest wildlife art societies in Europe, exhibiting regularly at their annual summer show and teaching on painting workshops held by the society. She has also exhibited and sold work at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art (NEWA) in the Wirral. In June 2005 ‘Portrait of a Cheetah’, was exhibited at the Society of Women artists show in the Mall galleries and received the Princess Michael of Kent Watercolour Award. The Princess later bought the painting. Kim also exhibits work with the Society of Equestrian Artists at the Mall Galleries, London.


Working primarily in acrylics, pencil and oils, Kim’s paintings and illustrations are characterised by a close attention to detail and realism. Exploring the British countryside on foot or horseback provides Kim with many of her ideas for paintings. She has a particular love for the rolling, windswept South Downs near to where she lives, The New Forest and the rugged beauty of Dartmoor. However, the breathtaking wilderness and wildlife of Botswana has left a lasting impression and is a great source of material for her work.

As with many wildlife artists, Kim hopes that her work can help further the efforts of conservation and make more people aware of the amazing creatures who share our planet. She supports the work several conservation charities and tries to raise awareness of the plight of threatened species in talks and painting demonstrations.


 Kim's website can be found here



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Art and Sculpture from Christina Barnard

Wednesday 1st December 2010

Art and Sculpture from Christina Barnard

My drawing is mainly in pencil, but I do some work in sanguine, pastels or charcoal.

 I think art speaks for itself, but if you would like more information about my work, please feel free to contact me.

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Acclaimed Wildlife Artist, Simon Stevenson

Acclaimed wildlife artist Simon Stevenson has painted his unique collection of wildlife images in the unusual medium of Tea and Ochre pigment (an earth pigment used for many thousands of years in cave paintings and rock art throughout the Great Rift Valley).

Following in the footsteps of Africa’s amazing wildlife, Simon has managed to capture the colour, mood and shimmering beauty of this stunning continent and its diverse wildlife.

Born on the foot hills of Africa’s greatest volcano Mt Kilimanjaro, Simon was to spend his formative years exploring Tanzania and Kenya’s extraordinary game parks where he was to experience the sights, smells and sounds of Africa’s Garden of Eden.

Although he now lives in rural England, he often returns to his beloved Africa where he spends much of his time in amongst the wildlife sketching and photographing the animals.

To view more of his extraordinary paintings, log onto his award winning website where you can view over 90 of his images.


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Professional Mosaic Artist Martin Cheek

Monday 1st February 2010

Professional Mosaic Artist Martin Cheek

Martin Cheek graduated in graphic design from Exeter College of Art & Design in 1981. Having made award winning films as a student, he subsequently worked on several puppet animation projects including ‘The Wind in the Willows’ ‘Paddington Bear’ ‘Noddy in Toyland’ and ‘Portland Bill’. He then set up his own production company Cheeky Films Ltd. For many years Martin wads a part time lecturer at the Royal College of Art. He is a former art critic for the Daily Express and now works full time as a professional mosaic artist. Martin is regularly commissioned by both private and corporate clients as well as by museums. His work also appears in leading National magazines and newspapers as well as on television. His weekend courses in the UK and abroad continue to be popular with students from all over the world keen to learn the art of making mosaic. Over 1200 people have now attended Martin’s courses. Visit his website to see further examples of his outstanding work.



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Part Time Artist and Cartoonist Liz Clark

Liz is a part time artist and cartoonist.She has three lovely girls.
She lives on a farm full of animals in Northland New Zealand.

“Her art is inspired by the natural world. Liz has a strong committment to the preservation of endangered wildlife which is the expressed through each work she creates. She works in a number of mediums including pencil, water colour, coloured pencil and soft pastel.”



Liz has a new blog, aptly called "Animal" where she posts up the progressions in her artworks. Check it out - there are some wonderful pictures posted there!

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