This is my latest pencil drawing and although at first glance it may just seem like another cat portrait this one is a little special to me.Many of you who read my blog regularly will know that I firmly believe in seeing the creatures I portray 'in the flesh' and preferably in there natural habitat.Last year I had the good luck to see a cheetah stalking in the wild in Botswana,albeit briefly and then later in the trip I visited a cat conservation centre where I was able to sit with this beautiful female cheetah and even walk with her in the bush.it was an amazing and emotional experience that I will never forget and that is why my portrait of that cheetah is very special,if only to me.
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.