Matthew is a creative who has a keen interest in wildlife and the natural world. He uses experiences and observations out in the field to inspire and inform his wildlife illustrations and artwork. He is also a self taught wildlife and nature photographer and is very passionate about his practice. He developed his style and creative language whilst at university and has gained a BA (Hons) Visual Communication degree. Based in the West Midlands he visits a number of local nature reserves and wild spaces such as Upton Warren Nature Reserve and the Wyre Forest. Matt also enjoys visiting other locations around the UK to document the stunning wildlife Britain has to offer. Wildlife can mostly go unnoticed in our daily lives; you have to look closer to discover a hidden and truly beautiful world. It is this hidden world of nature that Matthew finds fascinating and tries to communicate through his creative work. He wants to share his experiences and stories but also raise awareness for conservation and environmental protection.
Visit his website here: www.matthewlissimore.com
Katie Zurakovsky is an artist based in Kent the Garden of England. Growing up in the countryside she was always interested in the wildlife around her which became a focus for her other passion – artwork. She has followed both a conservation and an art path, earning a degree in Countryside Management as well as a National Diploma in Fine Art. She creates traditional oil paintings of UK and international wildlife showing individual animals in a natural habitat. Her painting style is focused on bringing them to life through the use of light and colour and building up detail in layers.
When not painting she volunteers locally to carry out countryside work aimed at helping local wildlife and is off exploring the woods and meadows in the local countryside. She also runs a weekly blog which is a mix of artwork and nature.
Billy lives in a rural village in Nottinghamshire; surrounded by all sorts of wildlife which he documents using remote cameras and his now 3-year-old blog. Over the years his interest had developed into a hobby, which has now led to a passion for all things wild, and he’s been fortunate enough to have various works of his featured on local TV, in local papers, on various online forums and even on BBC’s Autumnwatch. Nature also inspires his music and artwork, both of which are huge parts of his life, having taken on two different art GCSE’s at once! He’s currently composing and recording his first nature-focused piano album…so keep your eyes (or should I say ears) out! Not only does he want to monitor wildlife in the future, he strives to protect it. Conservation has always been the main driving force behind Billy’s passion, and he’s often campaigning either online or in our local area, thinking global and acting local. For him the most appropriate word to describe nature is magical, and he’s determined to stop it slipping under the radar, not just for our sake but for every other species we share this planet with.
Wildlife blog: www.wildlifebilly.blogspot.co.uk
Emily has had an interest in nature since she was very young, when she declared she wanted to be a marine biologist and work with dolphins. She actually ended up taking a different route, into the field of art and has been self-employed for the past two and a half years as an animal artist. She began volunteering for the RSPB in 2013 and over the past couple of years, her relationship with wildlife and nature has steadily developed from a childhood interest into a fully-fledged passion, one that she is now turning into a new career. She has a particular interest in birds and is constantly building on her knowledge by visiting reserves and habitats local to her West Sussex home. Emily is currently studying for a Level 3 diploma in Zoology while gaining a variety of conservation experience through volunteering. She is part of the RSPB Chichester Cathedral Peregrine Project team and thoroughly enjoys engaging with the public and sharing her growing knowledge of birds. She is also a beach clean-up organiser for the MCS Beachwatch Survey scheme. She writes a blog where she details all of her experiences as a would-be conservationist and hopes to take part in future projects that will help defend and protect the natural world.
You can read her blog here: www.artofnatureuk.blogspot.com
Adam grew up on the family farm in rural Suffolk, where he spent most of his days chasing pigs, cows and combing through the grass for insects. He graduated Norwich University of the Arts with a degree in Illustration in 2009. After an exploratory experience in Nepal he began to teach himself how to create realistic imagery using only mechanical pencils and coloured pencils on paper. A nature lover and a farmer’s son his work is a modern interpretation of naturalist painting and looks at the relationship we now have with nature. Over 50% of the world’s populations now live in urban areas, in mass, we have moved away from the countryside and away from nature. He illustrates this imbalance that we have incurred between the natural world and ourselves and through his work his wish is to highlight our portrayal and understanding of ecology and the animal kingdom and re-invigorate these wonders to a wider audience. He is interested in getting into conservation and exploration in the pursuit to further enthrall, enchant and re-invigorate a wider audience to wonders of the natural world.
Adam has exhibited in numerous places including, London, Paris, Miami, Detroit & Singapore and as an Illustrator recent clients include XL Records, The Wellcome Trust, Fool Magazine, Suhrkamp, Christian Aid & Adbusters.
Check out Adam’s website here: http://www.adambatchelor.co.uk/