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Wildlife artist Toni Watts

About the artist...

Well, this is me!

I have been a professional artist for the past ten years, having learnt my trade creating work and exhibiting successfully, alongside holding down the day job, during the ten years prior to that.

My wildlife art is largely painted in acrylic and I have work in private collections throughout the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and America. I have produced a chapter on painting wildlife in an book called 'The Art of Painting in Acrylic' for a publisher in America. A further book, 'The Art of Painting Animals', will follow in 2015.

I have had work selected for exhibition by David Shepherd (finalist, Wildlife Artist of the Year), the Society of Women Artists and the Royal Society of  Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers, all at the Mall Galleries, London. As a member of the Fine Art Trade Guild, I won the 2014 Art and Framing Industry prize for 'Best Depiction of the Living World'.

However, I also love working with more traditional techniques, including egg tempera and silverpoint. Sometimes these excursions into historic methods produce portraits of wildlife. Sometimes, with the addition of gold leaf and lettering, they result in work that is quite different! Scroll down to see my CV, with details of recent courses, qualifications and prizes.

I am largely self-taught. I have had a vast amount of help and advice from artist friends over the years for which I am truly grateful. In my turn, I'm always happy to pass on what I have learnt, especially to those just beginning to discover the wonderful word of paint - do have a look at the tuition page if you'd like more details.


Curriculum Vitae

Selected Exhibitions:


Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers 2012, 2013, 2014                                     

Mall Galleries, London; catalogue.


British Birdwatching Fair 1995 – 2013


David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012

Mall Galleries, London and Shalford, Surrey.


Lincolnshire Open Studios 2005 – 2014


Society of Women Artists

Mall Galleries, London; catalogue.



‘How to Paint Wildlife in Acrylic’ in The Art of Painting in Acrylic (Minnesota: Walter Foster Publishing) 2014

Wild Animals: Trace Line Art Onto Paper or Canvas, and Color or Paint Your Own Masterpieces (Minnesota: Walter Foster Publishing) Due for Publication 2015

Using Acrylic in The Art of Painting Animals (Minnesota: Walter Foster Publishing) Due for Publication 2015



Best Depiction of the Living World - Art and Framing Industry, Fine Art Trade Guild 2014

Finalist David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012

Christopher Parsons Award for Artistic Excellence 2005

Best Bird Painting - Wildscape Wildlife Artist of the Year 2004


Recent Education, Qualifications:

Simply Oils with Martin Kinnear 2014

Making a traditional gesso panel with David Cranswick, March 2014


Prince’s School of Traditional Arts February 2014 The Flemish Technique with David Cranswick.

Prince’s School of Traditional Arts Janauary 2014
The Alchemy of Paint: The Transformation of Earth, Rocks, Roots and Berries into Pigments with David Cranswick.


Society of Scribes and Illuminators course commenced November 2013


Prince’s School of Traditional Arts 2013
Art of the Arabesque with Amber Khokar


Calligraphy tuition with Janet Smith 2012 - 2013


Prince’s School of Traditional Arts 2012
Advanced Medieval Manuscript Illumination


Prince’s School of Traditional Arts 2011
Medieval Manuscript Illumination


Prince’s School of Traditional Arts 2011
Indian Miniature Painting


Podere Siliano Alto, Italy 2010
Icon Painting workshop



Open University M.A. Art History - current


Open University 2012
B.A. Hons. (First Class) Humanities with Art History and Classical Studies


University of Leicester 1984 MbChB


Skills Include:

Drawing (graphite, charcoal, ink, and silverpoint), acrylic painting, pastel, basic airbrushing, gilding (shell, transfer and loose leaf gold).

I have public liability insurance.



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