DR. DAME DAPHNE SHELDRICK DBE
For those wishing to make a donation to commemorate, and celebrate, Daphne’s life and help The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust continue to protect the wild lives Daphne loved so much, please click here – Thank you.
A book of condolence will be left at the DSWT’s Nairobi Orphanage from Sunday 15th April for those wishing to pay their respects and available to those visiting the Trust when it is open to the public daily between 11am and 12 noon. For those overseas, an online book of condolences will shortly be available via our website and, to anyone wishing to send a message before the book is online, please contact our Kenyan team here.
POLLYANNA PICKERING – 2018
We have been shocked and saddened to hear that Pollyanna Pickering has died after a short illness.
Pollyanna was a friend and member of The Wildlife Art Society International for many years, and a generous Patron of the Society, handing out our Awards at most of our Annual Exhibitions
She was an award-winning internationally famous wildlife artist, and an energetic worker for the conservation of wildlife. Her many expeditions to all corners of the globe gave her an insight into the critically endangered species which she loved to depict in
her paintings. Her dedicated conservation work formed the core of the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation, which will stand as her lasting legacy.
We extend our condolences and sympathies to her daughter Anna-Louise and her family at this very sad time.
Pollyanna will be sadly missed by all.
Sarais Crawshaw – TWASI Chairwoman
DAVID SHEPHERD CBE. 1931 – 2017
We heard with great sadness of the death of David Shepherd, wildlife artist, outspoken conservationist, and founder of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation charity.
David was a Patron of TWASI for many years until his health declined, and he attended many events, always showing great interest in the Society’s artists and our conservation ethic. He was a genuinely gregarious man, very generous with his time.
One of the methods he used to raise funds was to donate his own artwork, inspiring many other wildlife artists to do the same for conservation causes.
I can remember many auctions of wildlife art that he arranged at Christies, and with David himself as the Auctioneer, what hilarious – but profitable – evenings they were!
The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation that he founded supports far-reaching projects for the conservation of endangered mammals, and also supports both the wildlife Rangers and the indigenous rural communities.
David drew the public’s attention by illustrated talks over many years, and I am sure he inspired thousands not only to see the value of conservation, but also to appreciate the genre of wildlife art.
The link between these is the way in which we can all give something back to the animals that we love to depict.
David will be sorely missed, but I am sure that the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation will ensure that his legacy lives on.
Sarais Crawshaw – TWASI Chairwoman
New Honorary Member – John Horton
The council of The Wildlife Art Society International has great pleasure in announcing the election of a new Honorary Fellow Member John Horton. The decision to award this honorary membership is taken on account of the dedication to and work done on behalf TWASI by this member over a number of years. All members of the council are un paid volunteers who devote much of their time to work on your behalf, to organise and run the Society as efficiently as possible.
John Horton has been an active member of The Wildlife Art Society International ever since joining and has been an invaluable council member for the last 10 years. As the general contact between the council and the society members and the Annual Exhibition Coordinator he is well known to all the membership for his friendly, enthusiastic and efficient manner.
Coming from a farming background John has always enjoyed drawing and painting the countryside he has lived and worked in throughout his life. He specialises in large watercolour paintings depicting birds in landscape. These are inspired from observation and field sketches and the picture is developed through a free drawing process in the studio, which is then refined to the finished work using all available reference for accuracy and detail.
He travels widely and always has a sketchbook and camera at the ready to capture the events that will form the heart of a new picture. His art covers a wide variety of subject matter from general landscape and wildlife through to animal portraiture.
Watercolour is his favourite medium for its softness and subtlety but he also works in acrylic, oil and pencil.