by way of an update on the auction of donated wildlife art including my own avocet painting at the NEWA exhibiton I am delighted to say that over £10k was raised on the night for the various wildlife organisations sponsored this year.my avocet painting also found a new home.over the weekend an art market was held alongside the main show and whilst business was slow mainly due to the incredibly hot weather making it near impossible to spend a good deal of time indoors at the venue the comraderie amongst fellow artists and the hilarious banter that ensued made the event enjoyable.it was great to meet and spend time with so many talented artists.
South coast based Clive Meredith is an entirely self-taught artist and has been working professionally since 1993 specialising in detailed portrayals of wildlife from both Britain and abroad. Clive's initial interest in wildlife and the countryside was fostered in his early years, brought up the son of a dairy farmer, and spending hours outside in the Shropshire countryside birdwatching and larking about on the river Severn and its streams in his hometown of Shrewsbury. Working in both graphite pencil and oils,observation is vital to Clive's working practice.Each drawing or painting reveals meticulous attention to detail,achievable only by hours spent in the field observing and photographing subjects in their natural habitat.As a result Clive has become renowned for the stunning realism of his images and an incredibly assured ability to inject real life and character into his works. His art has been extensively published with over 50 limited edition releases to date and can be found in galleries throughout the uk and beyond. In 2010 Clive was named Wildlife Artist of the Year by Wildscape magazine after winning the prestigious annual competition with his image 'The Egret pool' and appeared as a finalist in the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2010,2012 and 2013 with works exhibited at The Mall Galleries in London. Clive is a member of the Pencil Art Society and the RSPB.