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.
Original oil painting
image 36 x 50 inches
£14750, Sold 7/7/13 Currency Converter
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
Each 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.
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.
View animal and bird paintings in progress on the "on the easel" page.
Original oil painting
image 24 x 32 inches
Special Commisssion, Sold
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.
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
In 2014 four young swallows fledged from the garage.
The nuthatches started building a nest in one of the boxes up in the wood, but eventually decided to nest outside the garden.
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
You might also like to visit my other website www.wildlife-art-paintings.co.uk
If you are ever in my region of Scotland contact me to arrange a viewing of artwork at the studio.