Hayley is one of this year's most exciting artistic discoveries. Her witty and distinctive animal images are inspired by all things contemporary - well known brands, the colours and patterns of the fashion world, the modern love of the visual joke - and she brings these elements together in her uniquely appealing realist style and vibrant palette.
Jennifer Hogwood's bold, distinctive style arises from an unerring sense of colour, a singular talent for observation, and a huge affection for her highland friends 'The McMoos'. Her endearing images communicate the essence of her subject with humour and charm.
Alan Hunt has worked with animals in the wild and in captivity - in parks, zoos and reserves. Indeed, he has used his ability as a naturalist-guide for bird watchers and others interested in nature around the world.
Carol travels to County fairs for inspiration and often accosts dog walkers when she sees a dog that she would like to paint. Due to the nature of her work (or rather the nature of her sitters) she tends to make extensive use of photographs that she feels best capture the individual identity of the animal in question. These allow her to achieve an informal, composed painting which is both a realistic likeness and a uniquely distinctive interpretation.
Now he is regarded by many as being one of the world's leading wildlife and landscape artists but also, because of the enormous debt that he says he owes to wildlife for what it has done for him, he is known internationally as a leading conservationist.
His paintings have raised over two and a half million pounds for this cause through The David Shepherd Conservation Foundation.
I have painted in many different styles over the years and have found that sometimes less is more. If the eye sees an image that is so complete, and full of detail, the viewers mind can be uninterested, because it understands completely what it sees. I want the person who is looking at my painting, for just a few moments in time to be completely lost in the beauty of it.
Classically trained, but originally set on a career as a magazine-illustrator in England, Huw decided to go back to his first love, painting, at the same time as the family acquired their first thoroughbred.
He has been to many countries in search of that special piece of reference. Jonathan is well aware that as a professional artist specialising in animals he is working in a field where many have trodden before, so when working on location, he will hold a vision in his ‘mind’s eye’ and is never happy until he has captured that special image.
With his dedication to the subject, Jonathan is constantly striving to create new images with individual qualities - and it is this that makes Jonathan’s work so highly collectable.
Kate has been widely published in recent years and her images of hares and other British wildlife have become instantly recognisable making her the most successful artist in the country for that genre.
Lesley Thiel shies away from the description 'equestrian artist'.
Although she is renowned for her extraordinary paintings
of horses, her compositions could perhaps be better
described as portraits, conveying the individual traits of
each magnificent subject.
He successfully exhibited in the P.A.W.S. Competition in 1991 and 1992.
With encouragement from his wife and friends, Peter produced and submitted a pencil drawing and a watercolour to the P.A.W.S. 1993 Competition.
Both were accepted and exhibited - the first time one artist has been successful with two entries - and a special award was introduced for pencil drawing.
Every artist needs a new challenge to incite the enthusiasm, so after a number of years painting traditional wildlife paintings I decided to experiment on box canvas with a more contemporary approach to my animals.