Wildlife Artist - Martin Ridley

Extensive gallery of bird, wildlife paintings and wildlife art prints

THE WILDLIFE ART OF MARTIN RIDLEY

Landscape and wildlife artist - specialising in UK natural history subjects - field encounters which provide my inspirations
- resulting sketches & preparatory drawings
- artwork stages through to completion
- extensive archive gallery of wildlife paintings
- original & reproduction wildlife art for sale
- licensing of wildlife artwork for reproductions

 

Creative Process Revealed

Welcome to the online art gallery of wildlife artist Martin Ridley.

My specialist area is British wildlife art and landscape paintings. Most of the original artwork is created using oils or watercolours.

Winter roe buck - Wildlife art canvas print Follow wildlife oil paintings Ring-necked Pheasant - Original Oil PaintingBrown Hare Watercolour PaintingWildlife paintings
Since early childhood I've been an enthusiast of the natural world and my paintings are an expression of this. Through painting I aim to create a variety of stimulating visual images that originate from my day-to-day experiences and knowledge of the natural world.

I draw and paint birds, mammals and landscapes at locations all over Great Britain
 

UPDATED: 18th November 2014

This website has been on the internet since the year 2000. There are frequent updates of new paintings as I display my current wildlife artwork using digital camera shots. Please revisit every few weeks, I'm sure there will be some fresh images for you to look at.

The most frequently updated section is the "on the easel" page. You might also like to visit my other website www.wildlife-art-paintings.co.uk

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Red deer stags crossing a river in snow - Original Oil Painting
"River Crossing", Red Deer Stags

Original oil painting
image 26 x 46 inches
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Original Oil painting of a Golden Eagle over the Sron Riach Ridge, Ben Macdui in the Carngorms National Park
Golden Eagle over the Sron Riach ridge, Ben Macdui

Original oil painting
image 36 x 50 inches
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NEW ART BOOK LAUNCHED

Deer : Artists Impressions For Sale DEER: ARTISTS' IMPRESSIONS
I'm excited to have been involved in a new book published by Quiller Press. The book includes deer paintings from the following wildlife artists; Owen Williams, Jonathon Sainsbury, Keith Sykes, Rodger McPhail, Ian MacGillivray, Ben Hoskyns, Ashley Boon and myself.

Exert from the back cover
"... each artist explains in his own words why he cherishes painting deer in the wild and portrays the deer in his own unique style, from delicate pencil drawings to vivid watercolours and luxurious oils. All this is complemented with an extensive description by Graham Downing of each of the six British deer species - Red, Roe, Fallow, Muntjac, Chinese water deer and Sika

Royalties from the sale of the art books are being donated to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the British Deer Society."

Forthcoming Exhibitions

Wildlife artist Martin Ridley - Artist in Residence at Nature in Art 2008Each year I take part in a number of wildlife art exhibiting events. For example in 2010/2011 I showed at The Royal Highland Show, The Scottish Game Fair, Perthshire and a joint exhibition at the Donald Watson Gallery, Waterston House, the Scottish Ornithological Society's headquarters. In London there is the annual Society of Wildlife Artist's exhibition at the Mall Galleries . Full details are available on my events calendar page.

My last wildlife art exhibition in London was
BIRD ARTISTS OF THE WORLD, 2012
Tryon Gallery, 7 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AL

In 2014 events include The Scottish Game Fair, The Yorkshire Game Fair and Perthshire Open Studios.

 
How to Commission a Painting

Perhaps you would like a special piece of wildlife artwork to remind you of an experience or as a gift for someone with a particular interest. Please read the advice on how to commission a painting and contact me to discuss any ideas that you have. I regret that I do not undertake any commissions of domestic animals or human portraits.

The "on the easel" page is used to share the creative process with my clients. They can follow the progress of their commission on-line and are sent an email whenever the page has an updated camera shot of their artwork. This idea is proving very popular and saving or printing the images of the developing painting from the web page adds a little extra to the provenance of the finished painting.

Clients sometimes ask me whether I would contact them if I ever produce a painting of a particular bird, animal or location. Please feel free to register your special requests. I cannot make any promises but if at a later date I generate any suitable work I'll get in touch.

On The Easel

View animal and bird paintings in progress on the "on the easel" page.

Sketch for Pink-footed geese, Wigtown Bay Oil Painting
OIL PAINTING IN PROGRESS

Compositional Drawing

Original oil painting of geese at Wigtown Bay
Pink-footed Geese

Original oil painting
image 24 x 32 inches
Special Commisssion, Sold

NESTING BIRDS at "ROSSAL"

Tawny owl nestbox TAWNY OWLS
I put up two tawny owl boxes in March 2012. The one illustrated here is my own Heath-Robinson construction made out of two plastic buckets. One I'm proud to say was recycled from washed up debris on the shoreline of Mull, whereas the second I must concede was "borrowed" from Jill's gardening equipment. The box was used as a roost within a couple of months and the owl can be seen in there most days, hopefully the box will be used for nesting in future years.

Strathearn Herald 2012 - Feature on swift conservation click for PDFSwifts
There are now three nest chambers monitored by cameras, but more significantly the colony on Rossal has been built up from a single occupied nest site to six. There are now five occupied nests across the wall of my studio. Two nest boxes are even inside the workspace just above the window. Please click on the newspaper article to enlarge it as a PDF file. If you require a PDF reader download Adobe Acrobat

Swallows
In 2014 four young swallows fledged from the garage.

Nuthatches

The nuthatches started building a nest in one of the boxes up in the wood, but eventually decided to nest outside the garden.

Starlings
Our existing starling nest site was attracting so many birds that clearly more facilities for starlings were required. This year we added a new starling box, which was quickly occuppied. I now have three more boxes ready to put up for the 2015 season.

Catch up on the story so far Nestbox News

 

Martin Ridley Shop

There is an ever increasing selection of wildlife prints for sale. You can buy originals online by visiting my paintings for sale pages or select a purchase at one of my forthcoming exhibitions.

Studio visits
If you are ever in my region of Scotland contact me to arrange a viewing of artwork at the studio.

 
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