Darren Woodhead was born in West Yorkshire in 1971, but has lived in Scotland since1996. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London. All his work is produced outside on location and drawn directly in brush, there is rarely any pre-drawing. By working direct from life, he aims to retain the freshness and energy that working outside can give, often in extreme weather conditions.
Books published : ‘Up River, The Song of the Esk’, pub. Birlinn of Edinburgh, 2009, work from an appointed Artist in Residence position in the Scottish Borders. ‘From Dawn Till Dusk’ pub. Langford Press 2005.
He has recently won the prestigious Swarovski / Birdwatch magazine Artist of the Year which was awarded at The Mall Galleries in September 2009. The winning painting ‘Lapwing Group’, is a centrepiece of the new publication. He was also a winner of this award in 1999.
He has exhibited and travelled widely and is a member of The Society of Wildlife Artists. He has won many awards which have seen him invited onto expeditions with The Artists for Nature Foundation to Peru, Ecuador, Israel as well as Portugal, the Spanish Pyrenees and the up and coming project on Sark.
He has taught at Edinburgh College of Art, from 2001 and currently combines his painting with teaching at both George Watson’s College, Edinburgh and Loretto’s School, Musselburgh. He has been a tutor on the Seabird Drawing Course held by John Busby in North Berwick since 2004.