Many of you will recognise the first of these images as my previous blog header image.The drawing itself is entitled 'Leading the Way' and was produced a year ago after my trip to the Okavango delta in Botswana and was a record of an encounter near the Chobe river with a group of elephants making there way to the river to drink.I had been in two minds whether to include a background in the original image and so after completing the elephants I approached my publishing company with the drawing and a decision was made to 'leave it there' and publish the image as a limited edition print.A year on and the original drawing remained unsold and so I took the decision to re-work the piece to include the original background as I saw it in Botswana.The above photos(which are only cameraphone photos,so apologies for the quality)document the drawings transformation over a period of a couple of weeks and many hours.It is now ready to be re-scanned and framed ready for exhibition.This is my last image of the year before the Christmas break and so I wish all my readers a Merry Christmas and a peaceful new year.In the meantime if you would like to see my available original works and new limited edition prints then please do check out my website www.clivemeredithart.weebly.com
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.