Vivien Walters Animal Artist
Welcome to my website. I am an animal artist working in pastels, charcoal and oils. As well as exhibiting in galleries I have for a number of years been submitting my artwork to national exhibitions, including the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art and The Wildlife Art Society International.
Inspiration for my artwork virtually always comes from observing animals, especially cats - from domestic cats to wildcats. However, over the years my subjects have been wide and varied from a commission to paint a farmer’s favourite cow to a painting of a rescued cheetah. I have also worked in the giftware industry and my images have been published internationally on a variety of products.
For a number of years I lived in North Devon with my husband, our German Shepherd and three cats. We lived in an area frequently referred to as Tarka country, and whilst living there paintings of otters regularly featured on my easel. When swimming otters are fascinating to watch, they make lovely curving shapes and are so wonderfully fluid. Otters are also very playful and move fast which makes them very difficult to sketch whilst in action - even photography can be challenging. Cats are much easier to sketch and photograph especially when the sun is shining and they find a warm spot to curl up. Kittens however when awake are always on the move.
In 2017 we decided to relocate to the Somerset/Dorset border, an area abounding with wildlife. Having models on the doorstep means that I can regularly study their antics and I am always mentally working out new images. Our visitors vary from foxes, deer, squirrels and badgers plus the odd pheasant and nearby there are many varieties of wild ducks, egrets and swans which look stunning against the sparkling blue water.
"I would just like to thank you for the brilliant introduction you gave me to pastel drawing. When the competition for SAA 2013 came up I thought have a go. I was really speechless when I had the phone call to say I had won the beginners section for artist of the year. So a really big thank you" - Geoff Eltham, Bridgwater
"I really enjoyed every minute and am going to try and put all you told me into practice. I just wish you were a bit nearer, then you would be seeing a lot more of me" - Rosie Armstrong, Lincs
I am happy to offer private tuition to anyone wanting to paint a favourite cat, dog, horse or perhaps a wildlife subject. The cost of a private lesson is £50.00 per hour for one to one tuition, or £25.00 per hour per person based on two people sharing. The tuition is suitable for artists of all levels, from beginners upwards. If you can make up a group of two or three and would like me to arrange tuition (subject to any ongoing Covid policies) please email me at email@example.com.
National Exhibition of Wildlife Art 2015 - David Cook drawing award
National Exhibition of Wildlife Art 2016 - David Cook drawing award
Association of Animal Artists exhibition 2016 - Wildlife category award
Southern Nature Art Exhibition 2018 - Winner of the public vote
In addition to exhibiting and teaching I am running a local art group which is affiliated to the Society for All Artists (SAA). For further information about the benefits of SAA membership their website can be reached at www.saa.co.uk.
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