The funds raised from sales of this book will assist the SWLA in giving bursaries – so think of it as an easy Christmas present for anyone with an interest in wildlife which will support a good cause.
Anyone given this book will love it if they have the faintest feeling for wildlife.
The book contains pictures (mostly drawings and paintings – but some of sculptures too) with some words by their artists alongside. I liked this, as I did the occasional photographs of some artists, because it made me feel that I knew a little more about the head behind the pen or paintbrush.
I also liked the fact that the artists were listed alphabetically which caused some interesting contrasts as one turned the pages. I enjoyed the orange tips by Richard Tratt being followed by a great tit by Esther Tyson – such very different styles! But both had masses of style – just different.
There were some of my favourite artists and some of my least favourites too – but your favourites will be different from mine.
I have one plea for wildlife artists – please use your skills to get over more conservation messages. Just sometimes, please get out of your and our comfort zones and do something more political. I remember one of the most striking paintings I have ever seen at an SWLA exhibition – it was some years ago and I can’t remember the artist, I’m afraid. I may not even be correctly remembering the painting but my memory was of a nest of hen harriers in the heather with the shadow of a man with a gun falling over the ground. It made a big impression on me because of its imagery – and was very beautiful too. More please, artists!
Even my least favourite bird was made to look passably attractive by the skill of Federico Gemma (p47).
The opening words by Chris Packham (Foreword), Robert Gillmor (Founder and Past President), Harriet Mead (Current President) and Bruce Pearson (Former President) are well worth reading.
At £20 it’s a good buy and can be acquired direct from the SWLA – click here.