The Contender - Red Deer stag 36" x 34" oil on canvas
There is still a little to be done with this painting but mainly just a little tinkering with the colour of the stags bracken crown.this is a quick studio shot of the painting drying on a stand where i'll leave it for a couple of days whilst thinking about improvements I might want to make.this is my biggest oil painting to date and whilst I enjoyed some aspects of working large such as the ability to work a little looser I still find large oils a little overwhelming especially when it comes to moving them without drama! I hope you've enjoyed watching this piece come together,its certainly been challenging at times.
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.