Gareth Williams – 2007

“I was able to learn this entirely new way of working, which gave my work a new visual language.”

One year’s paid membership to join a printing workshop based in Exeter to study different types of printmaking which would lend itself to my working method.

The bursary has helped my work greatly – during that time I experimented with different types of printmaking techniques and from this I found out that monoprint best suited my style of working. I was able to learn this entirely new way of working, which gave my work a new visual language and, complimented my style. This new process has also greatly improved my working methods-allowing me to produce a faster turnover of work. This coming year I intend approach wildlife conservation groups and hope to work with them on different projects.

I feel very lucky, in that I’m able to pursue both my passions. I work for the RSPB, talking, showing, inspiring people about the wonders of the natural world. I’m also a wildlife artist, but, art has taken a back seat to my conservation work. I still do commissions; I have produced designs for a bird hide, and put work in exhibitions. I hope over the next year to push on with my artwork.

I hope the bursary scheme continues, giving young artists the chance to build and grow in their chosen artistic venture. Exhibiting in the yearly show in London with the SWLA has been great and showing work alongside other wildlife artists has given me more confidence in my work.

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