When on the lookout for British wildlife art of the highest tier, you will be happy to discover the wonderful collections of Wayne Westwood. His almost photographic style paintings are forensically accurate, and yet they are never coldly clinical. Explore this stunning selection of Wayne Westwood original acrylic paintings and you'll see the depth of compassion that allows the character of the animal in question to shine through. Wayne was just as passionate about the art form as he was passionate about the subject. A completely self-taught artist, Wayne's work was driven through the years by a dazzling talent along with an unshakeable integrity. He always worked to improve on his skills as an artist, and his perfectionism saw him become a true master of wildlife art.
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Original Wildlife Artist
Wayne sadly passed away in 2021. He has left a significant and lasting impression on the British wildlife art scene, and this will no doubt be the case for many years to come. His artistic process was one that cut away any pretence and posturing from the role of the artist. He worked several jobs to ensure that he was able to continue to be an artist, including being a farm labourer, a job which saw him able to have a hands on connection to animals and the natural landscape. Living in rural Wales, Wayne was always connected to the beauty of the natural landscape. His interest in animals led not only to so many stunning paintings, but also to a number of articles in publications such as Birds Illustrated and Countryman's Weekly.
A Love of the Natural World
His lifestyle spoke to his love of the natural world, with his hobbies outside of art including walking, photography and fishing, all of which fed into his creativity. In terms of his love of animals, he had a special interest in birds. The depth of this lifelong fascination with those stunning creatures of the sky also fed into the level of detail that he was able to bring to his artistic representations of them. In fact, he first knew that he wanted to be an artist when receiving an illustrated book of British birds at the age of 10.