Louise Wilde – Seabird Drawing Course Bursary Winner 2019

The day after I ‘landed’ back on my home turf of Edinburgh I felt dizzy, exhausted and exhilarated. As I walked through the streets of Leith trying to process the events of the preceding week I bumped into Kittie Jones, … Continue reading

The Natural Eye 2019

Eiders by Chris Rose SWLA

The Natural Eye, the annual exhibition of the SWLA is open from Thursday 24th October to Sunday 3rd November 2019 10am to 5pm (closes at 1pm on final day).

The exhibition has over 370 catalogued works including paintings, drawings, original prints and sculpture.  To see a selection of work available to buy please click here.

There will be a display of work from a recent artists’ residency to the Wadden Sea region of Denmark. The eleven SWLA artists spent a week looking at this key habitat and UNESCO World Heritage site, the resulting sketches and fieldwork will be in the Out of the Frame room in the North Galleries. In addition there will be field work from four recipients of the John Busby Seabird Drawing course bursary and two other bursary displays from artist’s individual projects.

Most days an SWLA artist will be in the galleries to talk to visitors. On Thursday 24th there will be a painting demonstration by Richard Allen SWLA and a sculpture demonstration by Simon Griffiths SWLA.

High Tide Lapwings by Richard Allen SWLA

Kestrel by Simon Griffiths ASWLA


There is a portfolio day on Thursday 24th October, so that artists inspired by the natural world can bring sketchbooks and examples of their work for advice and comment from senior artists attending that day. No appointment necessary.

Meet the Artists Stewarding Rota

Thursday 24th October- Kittie Jones, Julia Manning, Harriet Mead, Chris Rose
Friday 25th October Max Angus
Saturday 26th October – Peter Partington
Sunday 27th October – Richard Jarvis
Tuesday 29th October – Carry Akroyd, Harriet Mead (afternoon)
Thursday 31st October – Brin Edwards
Saturday 2nd November- Bob Greenhalf


Spoon backed Egret by Harriet Mead PSWLA

Ptarmigan pastel by John Threlfall SWLA


Red Deer Stags by Nick Bibby



Open Submission for The Natural Eye 2019

Ptarmigan    pastel by John Threlfall SWLA

Submissions for our annual exhibition close at noon on Friday 26th July. The selection committee are looking for outstanding and exciting works inspired by the natural world that capture the essence of the subject. Works can be drawings, paintings, original prints, mixed media including digital paintings (see submission rules for more details) and sculpture.

The Natural Eye showcases over 400 works in the prestigious Mall Galleries in central London in October each year. There are several valuable awards and prizes for accepted works and the exhibition attracts a wide range of visitors and collectors.

The selection committee have created some guidelines to help with the submissions procedure, please click here to view them and find out more about how to submit.

Wild Wings over Lonely Shores exhibition of Robert Greenhalf works 7-29 June 2019

“In this exhibition, “Wild Wings over Lonely Shores”, I have brought together paintings and original prints of the birds and landscapes that I have encountered on my frequent visits to our coastline. There are the wild flat expanses of shore and marshes abounding with wildfowl and waders, then there are the sea cliffs and islands teeming with nesting seabirds and even a few forays into the hills and moors, though never far from the coast. It is in these wildly beautiful and often lonely places that I most often find my inspiration.” writes Robert Greenhalf of his forthcoming exhibition at the Castle Gallery, Inverness.

Razorbills      Woodcut by Robert Greenhalf

For Robert, drawing in his sketchbook is the essential prelude to the finished work. This is about information gathering and getting to know the subject and its habitat intimately and for him there is no substitute for spending time observing and drawing. He says “Spend a couple of hours or so with your subject and you will certainly know a lot more about it than if you had merely “snapped” it with your camera and moved on. As a result his paintings and woodcuts have a lively spontaneity and authenticity.

The Castle Gallery is open Monday- Saturday 9.00 –5.00

For further information and high resolutions images please contact:

Denise Collins, Director, Castle Gallery, 43 Castle Street, Inverness  IV2 3DU.   Te.l  01463 729512          E.


Puffin Pair     Oil by Robert Greenhalf

Over Land and Sea

This exhibition at the Donald Watson Gallery ,Scottish Ornithologists’ Club Aberlady shows work from four SWLA artists- Danial Cole, Simon Griffiths, Darren Rees and Tim Wootton. It runs from 25th May to 3rd July.

Tawny Owl by Simon Griffiths

Simon Griffiths will be doing a sculpture demonstartion between 2 and 4 on May 25th.

Daniel Cole

Tim Wootton

Darren Rees

Donations in memory of Greg Poole

Greg Poole was an inspirational artist and member of the Society. His passion for the natural world shone out in his work but he also used his skills and energy to help other artists. He was a key tutor on the John Busby Seabird Drawing Course where he helped many artists, young and old, to connect with working directly from life.  His family have asked for donations in his name to go towards the John Busby Seabird Course SWLA Bursaries or other opportunities that the Society can offer to encourage artists to work in the field and expand their practice.

To make a donation please click here

or send a cheque made out to The Society of Wildlife Artists to

SWLA Treasurer, c/o 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1 5BD


Leopard and Carmine Bee-eaters