Wildlife Artist - Martin Ridley

Extensive gallery of bird, wildlife paintings and wildlife art prints


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.

Best known for British wildlife art and landscape paintings. Most of the original artwork is created using oils or watercolours.

Barn owl in flight - Wildlife art canvas printRoyal Stag - Original Oil PaintingBoxing Hares - Original Oil Painting of brown haresWildlife paintings
Covey of red grouse in flight paintingPouncing Red Fox - Original Oil PaintingRing-necked Pheasant - Original Oil Painting

UPDATED: 19th April 2024

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
This website has been on the internet since the year 2000 with frequent updates of new paintings. I display my latest 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. As a full-time professional I have now painted over 700 originals since completing my college studies in 1989.

Most frequently updated sections are Paintings for Sale and "On the Easel"
New: Gray Wolf and American Elk Paintings

Bull Moose oil painting for sale - European Elk Painting - original
"Emerging from the Shadows" Bull Moose Portrait

Original oil painting
image 36 x 42 inches
FOR SALE £12,800 incl. frame Currency Converter

Eight Pointer - Red Deer Stag & Hind Oil Painting for Sale
"Eight Pointer", Red Deer Stag & Hind

Original oil painting
image 34 x 52 inches
FOR SALE, £8450 incl. frame Currency Converter

Royal Stags - Red Deer Oil Painting for Sale
"Royals", Red Deer Stags Oil Painting

Original oil painting
image 34 x 52 inches
£11,225 Sold 29/6/18 Currency Converter

Gray wolves hunting American elk - contemporary original oil painting by Martin Ridley
"Antlers Down" Gray wolves and American Elk

Original oil painting
image 30 x 60 inches
Sold 4/5/22 (Framed price $21000) USA COLLECTOR

Selected by the jury for inclusion in the
Artists for Conservation 2022 VIRTUAL EXHIBIT and companion book.


Capercaillie - Original oil painting for sale

Original oil painting
image 29 x 39 inches
View Painting in Frame
£10,850 Sold 2/6/15 Currency Converter


Deer : Artists Impressions For Sale DEER: ARTISTS' IMPRESSIONS
I'm excited to have been involved in this 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."


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
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. You might also like to look at the creation of my large 8 foot wide artwork depicting Gray Wolves hunting American Elk.

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


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You might also like to visit my other website www.wildlife-art-paintings.co.uk

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.

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Wildlife art prints from Aquila Art

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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