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Art & Artists

'Ripples' ©Ian Griffiths Website

Fatbirder country and state pages also have a section for photographers and artists located in that state or country (in the UK this is at county level). So refer to those to find the vast majority of listings. For anyone who is in the UK during late August should visit the British Bird Fair - apart from being able to rub shoulders with around 25,000 fellow birders and visit hundreds of stands for holiday companies, optics, conservation etc., the most 'must visit' area is the 'art marquee' where dozens of artists exhibit and sell their paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs - the 'Chelsea Flower Show' of bird art!

Like any other form of art bird pictures come in a variety of styles and media. I may not know much about art, but, as they say, I know what I like. I love the superreal images where fine detail even in backgrounds give images a surreal feel and are as accurate in their portraiture as a fieldguide illustration. Other people prefer the impressionistic art that gives atmosphere and jizz not just an virtual still life. You pay yur money and make your choice and I'll make mine. My walls are lined with inexpensive prints and originals - none would ever be "worth" a fortune but they are all fine examples of beautiful birds beautifully portrayed so I can live amongst birds even when its too dark and wet to go birding!

The painting featured is by an artist who has been BBC Wildlife 'animals in their environment' Artist of the Year in 2011 and runner up in both 2012 and 2013. I totally love his work… 'Griff' paints in oil, acrylic and water colour and, to my eye, has different styles that perfectly adopt and exploit the medium he uses.

I love the sketches that show such movement and character but some of the oils and acrylics are perfect paintings that set the bird in its landscape wonderfully… moreover Ian Griffiths is a very nice chap. He works in a walk in studio when he can and sometimes sketches by the sea or in the countryside with his son.

See a Robin's Song and support his efforts to fund-raise for a hospice.

Useful Reading

Audubon's Birds of America - The Audubon Society's Baby Elephant Folio

Roger Tory Peterson and Virginia Marie Peterson - 435 pages, 482 col & 435 b/w illus. Abbeville Publishing Group

ISBN: 148241

Buy this book from NHBS.com

The John James Audubon Portfolio: Main Fleurie Edition

John James Audubon - 248 pages, 48 illus. Editions de la Main Fleurie 2004

ISBN: 2960049306

Buy this book from NHBS.com

The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds

By John Muir Laws | 117 Pages | 700+ Colour illustrations | Heyday Books | Paperback | Sep 2012 |
See Fatbirder Review

ISBN: 9781597141956

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Organisations

Worldwide Nature Artists Group

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As part of our continued efforts to keep the Worldwide Nature Artists Group active, growing, relevant, and high-profile, we are taking steps to foster the protection of our natural world. While this has always been an implicit objective of our Group, this is now an explicit part of our mission. We are implementing this in a number of ways directly on our Web site and we will be undertaking further initiatives outside the Internet…

Other Links

Aves In Art

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Thank you for visiting our site. Here you will find a collection of images (drawings, paintings and photographs) about the beauty and diversity of the world of birds - as seen through the eyes of two longtime nature-lovers, Jorge de León and Susan Hochgraf…

Bird Artist - Christopher Cox

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Christopher is a St Lucia artist who works primarily in watercolour and acrylic, sometimes combining the two media to capture the subtlety of birds' plumages and the muted play of light and shadow in the forest environment. He is best known for his realistic interpretations of local flora and fauna drawing inspiration from wildlife artists that include Robert Bateman, Don R. Eckelberry and John James Audubon…

Bird Artist - Andrew MacKay

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Thank you for visiting my home page. Elsewhere in this site you can find a complete list of all the books I have worked on, and see examples of my work. Most of this artwork is for sale - simply click on the thumbnails to see a larger image with details of size, price etc. The quality of these on-screen images is necessarily limited by constraints on the size of the jpeg files. In the case of published illustrations, I would recommend looking at the printed material, as this is inevitably of much better quality.
Stunning Illustrations! - Fatbirder.

Bird Artist - Anthony Galván III

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During an eleven month assignment on the DMZ in Korea I realized I could draw birds and have them look like a bird. Here is sample of some illustrations. Raptors have always been my favorite, perhaps because I`ve seen so many in the plains of Kansas or the foothills of the Rockies.

Bird Artist - Basil Ede

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BASIL EDE - MASTER BIRD PAINTER, born in Surrey, England, in 1931, is a classic bird portraitist. Following in the footsteps of MARK CATESBY (1683-1749) and JOHN JAMES AUDUBON (1785-1851) he travelled to Virginia in 1962 to see the birds of the New World. Nevertheless it was the British painter, ARCHIBALD THORBURN whose work influenced the young artist most of all.

Bird Artist - Betsy Popp

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The Northwoods of Wisconsin have always been home for Betsy. This has given her the opportunity to study and sketch her favorite wildlife within an easy drive of her home. Betsy works in a variety of mediums which include fine pencil drawings, colorful acrylic paintings, vibrant pastels, unique wood burnings, and detailed wood carvings. Such a wide variety of original art work, yet all uniquely the work of Betsy Popp.

Bird Artist - Carol Niclasse

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If you love birds, plants, butterflies, tropical bird art or just plain Nature, you will love what Carole Niclasse has to share with you. Not just an artist, but a lover of nature, Carole has created a collection of exquisite images of tropical birds and their environments. Every detail of every feather, leaf and flower are lovingly and accurately recreated in a manner which delights the senses….

Bird Artist - Chris Lodge

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Original bird paintings and prints from bird artist Chris Lodge…

Bird Artist - Chris Shields

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Chris has produced to date in excess of twenty thousand wildlife illustrations in over 300 books, numerous calendars, greeting cards, posters and jigsaw puzzles. He has exhibited his paintings widely in the UK and China and has paintings in public and private collections all over the world…

Bird Artist - Chris Vest

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I have a long history of taking pretty mediocre bird photos. With crummy lens and lack of patience, I've put together bird images from Israel to Alaska that are breathtakingly dull and out-of-focus. but I do have photoshop skills, so my choice was either to cut my throat in photo envy and self-loathing, or breath new life into the bad photos with considerable "painting", merging and touch-up; and so voila: part painting, part photography. I've been a photographer and illustrator for 30 years; unfortunately, it's almost all been for employers that view art purely as commerce. That aspect of my 'development' is now history, I'm commencing a freelance career with a greater emphasis on fine art. I do have a small number of participations in gallery showings, including a 'best of show'-- but frankly they are so scattered and disjointed that listing them would smak of desparation rather than great contiguous achievement…

Bird Artist - Christopher Schmidt

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The finished picture are not so much the target of painting. They are rather the product of an experience which was made in free nature. The actual and substantial process is the interpretation and conversion of the observation. I regard the pictures as self experienced and artisticly interpreted. They have to be sketchily alive and detailed where necessary. My pictures are not copies of photos or pictures of other painters. They reflect experiencing and the emotional constitution of the observer. Bird and landscape cannot be separated. The bird appears to be most convincingly depicted if the habitat is represented at the same time. The bird is to be regarded not as a beautiful single individual, but as part of a whole. Not alone the beauty of the plumage should be shown, but actual nature. It is the times of day and year, the weather, meadow and forest with trees and bushes, stones on the bank and bizarre plant shapes, which let the pictures with the bird figures appear interesting. The target of my pictures is it not to show the bird as in an identification guide, but like I experienced it outdoors. Oh yeah, and he`s brilliant too!

Bird Artist - Colin Woolf

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Colin is one of the UKs leading watercolour artists. Take time to examine the images on these pages, and you will see how he uses pure watercolour to create beautiful works of art…

Bird Artist - Dana Gardner

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I am an artist who has illustrated over 2 dozen books since 1977 on birds and natural history, including field guides to Costa Rica, Singapore, and Wallacea. My time overseas includes 6 years in the New World Tropics and 3 years in Southeast Asia. I have illustrated many of the books of the renowned ornithologist, Alexander Skutch. There are more than 180 images for you to enjoy.

Bird Artist - David Hyde

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Fine watercolours form this UK artist…

Bird Artist - David Mead - Hawkart

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I am one of the artists who worked on Raptors of the World (Helm 2001) and Pheasants, Partridges & Grouse (Helm 2002). The originals of my illustrations for these books feature on my site…

Bird Artist - David Miller

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Very fine bird paintings…

Bird Artist - David Tomb

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Current exhibition: Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, September 12 - November 9, 2008

Bird Artist - Derek Robertson

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Wildlife artist with some fine portraits of birds…

Bird Artist - Don Wesley

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Strange and intesting bird paintings…

Bird Artist - Eric Ennion

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Welcome to ericennion.com the website dedicated to the life and work of Eric Ennion, a remarkable all-round naturalist who was one of the twentieth century’s most talented and original wildlife artists…

Bird Artist - Francisco José Hernández Fernández

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Born in Andalucía, Spain, a self taught wildlife artist. For almost ten years I manage to combine illustration with my professional duties as a biologist specializing in the study and conservation of birds. I often paint outdoors, specially in Doñana National Park, very near where I live. I have travelled widely with my paintbrushes, to Ireland, Scotland, Finland, Mauritania and the Pyrenees. In my web you can find scketches, watercolours and oils about birds. I have exhibited my work in Spain, Holland, Finland and England. If you have a project or a personal interest for bird illustrations or paintings, please, visit my web and contact with me.

Bird Artist - Ian Bowles

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Ian Bowles has been a full-time professional artist for over 30 years, selling his watercolour paintings through exhibitions, galleries, commissioned work and by personal recommendation…

Bird Artist - Ian Griff Griffiths

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Wildlife paintings; mainly birds of artist Griff, who lives and paints in Cornwall originally from Yorkshire. He will be featured in Birds illustrated, Wildscape and Artists and illustrated magazine…

Bird Artist - Ian Lewington

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I have been watching and drawing birds for as long as I can remember. My fascination was kindled at the age of five when my father began taking me on nature walks in the south Oxfordshire countryside (it was Berkshire then). During my early teens it was the diversity of birdlife, the subtleties of plumage variation and the unending learning curve of birding that captured my imagination…

Bird Artist - Jackie Garner

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I'm a Gloucestershire-based artist, who originally concentrated on British wildlife art as well as making occasional forays into still life and portraiture. Since then my wildlife art has been inspired by the wildlife of the Falkland Islands, and my latest venture is illustrating research into the wildlife art found in ancient Egypt…

Bird Artist - James Coe

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James Coe is best known as author and illustrator of the Golden field guide, Eastern Birds.© He has contributed illustrations to numerous other field guides, including the Macmillan guide Birds of North America: Western Region and Birds of New Guinea, and to Frank Gill`s widely-used college textbook Ornithology. His paintings have been published on the covers of Sanctuary, Bird Watcher`s Digest, and The Auk, professional journal of the American Ornithologist`s Union…

Bird Artist - James McCallum

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James McCallum is a wildlife artist living and working in North Norfolk. He is best known for his watercolour paintings and sketches of natural history, particularly birds, made outdoors from life at the time of watching…

Bird Artist - Janet Flinn

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Bird Paintings, Drawings and Reproduction Art Prints by Janet Flinn capture the colorful beauty and charm of the unique birds and animals of Australia…

Bird Artist - Johannes Nevala

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This site enables you to experience artistry where the birds are the main attraction. With pen, sketchbook and telescope I catch impressions of the life of the seashore and its birds. In the studio these field drawings help me create my oil- and watercolour paintings. On my page you can study my artistry and order paintings.

Bird Artist - Johannes Nevala

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Welcome to an artistry with birds in the focus. In oil-colours and water-colours I create paintings from the inspiration that days at the Gotlandic seashore gives me…

Bird Artist - John Gale

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John Gale`s Paintings of British Birds, UK rarities and European birds.

Bird Artist - John Ridyard

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John trained at Harrogate School of Art and the London College of Printing, then in industry providing graphics, artwork and high quality illustration covering a wide spectrum of subjects. These drawings are from many for Wildlife of Britain for which, John is illustrator and consultant.

Bird Artist - Katrina Cook

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I’m a Bird Group curator at The Natural History Museum, working with the largest and most comprehensive collection of avian material in the world. I’m personally responsible for the acquisition of new material, and the preparation and repair of bird study skins. I’m also on the Committee of the Guild of Taxidermists. So, what’s all this got to do with art? Well, a lot actually. In my youth I enlarged upon what was already a keen passion for birds in order to better understand the subject matter of my pictures. I spent countless hours on taxidermy and anatomical drawing from specimens stripped down layer by layer in the same way as Stubbs did his horses. I also became a qualified ringer in order to handle loads of birds and travel to exotic places. Which I do…

Bird Artist - Keith Hansen

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Bird art site, depicting prints, books, t-shirts and tours by Keith Hansen, bird artist…

Bird Artist - Keith Nash

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Whilst born in the South of England, Keith Nash’s career in environmental engineering brought him and his wife to Norfolk in 1975, where they settled in the village of Little Dunham near Swaffham. The big skies and changing colours and light of the seasons soon led to a fascination with the Norfolk landscape and coastal marshes, which are famous for their wildfowl sanctuaries…

Bird Artist - Les Didier

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Beautiful duck pictures.

Bird Artist - Linda Parkinson

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A native of California, Linda J. Parkinson has been painting animals and portraits since childhood. She is an honors graduate in animal sciences from the University of Maryland. Her post-graduate studies in wildlife at Humboldt State University involved Linda in wildlife rehabilitation and education, which inspired her transition to wildlife art…

Bird Artist - Martin R Murk

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A native of Wisconsin, Martin R. Murk's wildlife art has earned him many awards, including the 1982 Wisconsin Wetland's for Wildlife Artist of the Year, 1984 Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year, 1986 Wisconsin Waterfowler's Artist of the Year - as well as the 1987 Great Lakes Wildlife Artist of the Year. Winner of the 1977 Federal Duck Stamp Competition, the 1979 Wisconsin Trout Stamp and the 1980 Wisconsin Duck Stamp contests, Marty also designed Wisconsin's first Great Lakes Salmon and Trout stamp and the first North American Endangered Species Conservation stamps in 1982.

Bird Artist - Martin Ridley

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A Creative Process Revealed: Wildlife Art Description - Gallery of wildlife and wilderness art depicting birds and other animals, paintings in oils and watercolours with accompanying original sketches by artist painter & illustrator Martin Ridley. View how sketches, preparatory drawings and a gallery of wildlife paintings are evolved from initial field encounters, detailed information about creative working methods with wildlife watching tips, painting stages from initial brush stroke to completion, oils in progress. Services include e-Cards, wildlife artwork screensavers, forthcoming wildlife art events calendar, selected art, conservation and wildlife links and search facility to source images. See also: http://www.wildlife-art-paintings.co.uk/

Bird Artist - Mike Langman

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Terrific UK artist and illustrator… lots of new material including notebooks going back to the 1970s…

Bird Artist - Mike Warren

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Early paintings contained very decorative backgrounds to the bird subject. This emphasis has gradually given way a greater realism while retaining a strong design element. Pictures are painted with acrylics or watercolours on pure rag paper…

Bird Artist - Mike Woodcock

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I am a wildlife artist specialising in owls and birds of prey, both wild birds in natural settings, and those used in falconry. I am a member of The Wildlife Art Society and have been painting and drawing birds of prey and other wildlife for many years. I have sold to collectors as far afield as The United Arab Emirates, The United States, India and Europe and my work can currently be found on permanent exhibition at Eagle Heights bird of prey centre in my home county of Kent.

Bird Artist - Neil Allen

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Neil Allen won the title "BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2009" with his painting "Bee orchid", and the prize of a place on Wildlife Worldwide's Festival of Wildlife 2010 in the Pantanal, Brazil.

Bird Artist - Nick Derry

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Welcome to my site, I'm an award winning British artist living in France…

Bird Artist - Nicolas Fernandez

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A wonderful sketch book of birds…

Bird Artist - Noah Stryker

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Noah Strycker is an 18-year old birder, photographer, illustrator, and writer based in Creswell, Oregon…

Bird Artist - Paschalis Dougalis

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…animal-bird artist living in Munich, Germany…

Bird Artist - Pep Cantó - Galería de arte naturalista

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Todas las artes son una imitación de la naturaleza.

Bird Artist - Peter Lingham

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STEVEN LINGHAM is a self-taught artist born in Derby, England in 1973, who previously worked as a trained printer. He has spent the majority of his life living in Yorkshire and is now living in a small village near the beautiful old city of York with his wife. Steven is a member of the RSPB, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and The Wildlife Art Society all of which promote conservation of British Wildlife. Subsequently it is not surprising that most of his work is focused around wildlife, including his real passion for British birds…

Bird Artist - Richard Allen

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Starting as a freelance illustrator in advertising, publishing and newspapers, my work has gradually drifted towards my main interest of birds and wildlife especially after winning "British Birds - Bird Illustrator of the year" in 1993…

Bird Artist - Richard Goerg

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Wildlife artist Richard Goerg (Dick) is the carver/sculptor for Wild Wing Carving. Richard creates pieces of art in the traditional method of bird and trout carving and also by interpretive sculpture of wildfowl.Richard, and his wife Sharon, live in the small hamlet of Bruce in north central Alberta, Canada… which is located on a major North American migratory flyway.

Bird Artist - Richard Roberts - Sculptor

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Brilliant styalised sculptures from the norfolk-based artist…

Bird Artist - Rick Pas

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In addition to exhibiting at Birds in Art, Rick has also exhibited at the 1992 National Park Academy of the Arts, Jackson Hole, Wyoming - Arts for the Parks; 1989 College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois - Birds in Art, and in 1979 at the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan.

Bird Artist - Rita Sklar

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…some watercolor paintings inspired by the colours of birds…

Bird Artist - Stephen Message

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Stephen Message lives in the village of Benenden, Kent, England. It is here around the country lanes, meadows, woods and nearby Romney Marsh, that many of his inspirations for paintings derive… …An experienced bird watcher and an active member of Kent Ornithological Society and Dungeness Bird Observatory, many of his art and design works are donated for the societies` publications…

Bird Artist - Susan Shimeld

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Initially self-taught wildlife artist and life long lover of all things wild…

Bird Artist - Tom Lenweaver

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Showcasing the online portfolio of illustrations, commercial design, logotypes, web site design, commissioned paintings and drawings plus many of the colorful and beautiful wildlife art pieces in his collection.

Bird Artist - Toni Watts

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I hope you enjoy looking through the latest original paintings, limited edition prints and greetings cards. All are available to purchase securely and simply through the online shop…

Bird Artist - Wes and Rachelle Siegrist - Reflections of Nature`s Details

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Discover inside our available paintings and miniatures of wildlife art, fact-filled newsletter, Artist`s statements, step by step paintings, personal photos, upcoming exhibits and insights into our world. View Wes`s paintings of the Florida Panther used to illustrate a Nature Conservancy Habitat book. Join our rapidly growing family of online visitors and collectors.

Bird Artist - William Zimmerman

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The inspiration and passion to paint nature came from Bill's early exposure to the works of John James Audubon. As a child, who grew up in southern Indiana, he spent all his free time in the out-of-doors, intrigued by the natural environment. Although significantly inspired by Audubon, Bill tested his own painting and drawing skills and found a painting style of his own. Today Zimmerman is considered to be one of America's leading illustrators of birds.

Bird Carvings - Randal Martin

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Carvings to fit every budget…

Bird Carvings - The Bird Whittler

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Glyn is a professional bird whittler, and has extensively studied birds in their natural habitats. Each individual edition songbird is whittled from a block of lime, using only a knife. They are then hand painted with acrylics…

Bird Crafts - Countryman John

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Unique Wildlife Roller Blinds, Tiles and Linens…

Bird Crafts - Mosaics

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I have recently completed several bird mosaics, which I think you will find of interest… Jeff Challenor

Bird Sculpture - Baobab Trading

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We are a small, family-run business, based in Suffolk, who take pride in offering the widest range of quality metal bird sculptures available in the U.K. We have been trading since 1996, when we were one of the first companies to introduce metal bird sculptures from Zimbabwe to this country….

Bird Sculpture - Joel

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Bird Sculpture - Tim McEachern

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Natures wings - where the vision and inspirations of nature are captured…

Birding Art

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The online gallery for bird art and illustration displaying original bird art and prints from many leading British and International bird artists…

Carver - Teresinha Roberts

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Teresinha Roberts carves ducks, geese and swans in lime and other hardwoods. The natural movement and rhythm of the birds is reflected in each unique piece and is a result of careful study in the wild…

Charting Nature

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Charting Nature is a family-owned print company that specializes in restored antique wildlife illustrations and gift items. We offer bird identification charts as well as over 100 antique bird prints by turn-of-the century wildlife illustrators and various books on birding and bird identification…

Gallery - Audubon Birds of America

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We`re happy to be able to provide images of 51 water colours of North American birds done by John James Audubon (1785-1851). You may browse the image list sorted by common name or by scientific name.

Gallery - John Gould

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John Gould came from a modest family and it is only thanks to his work and perseverance that he became the most famous ornithologist of Great Britain. He devoted the major part of his life to the study of birds and the production of prestigious GOULD FOLIO books published from 1831. These 41 books comprise the first almost complete ornithology`s of Great-Britain, Australia, Asia, New-Guinea and of the families of Toucans, Trogons and Hummingbirds. All were uniformly published in imperial folio size (55 X 37 cm) so that the majority of the birds could be represented in life size. Each lithography is beautifully hand coloured and partially raised with Arabic gum…

Illustrator - Gina Mikel

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Wildlife artist and scientific illustrator…

Klinta Bird Prints

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We stock over 1300 antique bird prints, as well as many antique botany and butterfly prints, which can be purchased in our bird print shop and Gallery in Klinta on the island of Öland in Sweden…

Lynn Kerr - Hand Painted Bookmarks

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While I have my favorite birds to paint (cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, hummingbirds), it will be my pleasure and joy to paint any bird you would like…

Natural History Artworks - BLOG

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A blog on natural history art-especially birds. Here I will post my own works in progress, sketches, technique tips and share thoughts on the work from my favorite artists-of the past through today. All images copyright of the artist described. In the case of works found on the web, I make an attempt to seek permission for duplication where possible. Artists please contact me if your work is duplicated here to your displeasure…