Wildlife Artist - Martin Ridley

Extensive gallery of bird, wildlife paintings and wildlife art prints


Wildlife artist Martin Ridley - Artist in Residence at Nature in Art 2008Martin has worked as a professional wildlife artist since 1989. When asked what inspires him Martin simply answers "the natural world". An enthusiastic observer of nature he thoroughly enjoys the creative challenge of capturing his experiences.

Graduating in 1988 from the Carmarthenshire College of Technology and Art with the highest awards ever given to a student completing the wildlife illustration course he was not only awarded a distinction but was nominated course, faculty and college student of the year.

Wildlife artist Martin Ridley - Artist in Residence at Nature in Art 2008

In 1999 a painting was selected for the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Birds in Art exhibition in the USA. The painting was further selected from the show to go on tour. Works are exhibited annually at The Society of Wildlife Artists of which he has been elected an associate member.

Spring 2019 was his nineth Artist in Residency at The Society of Wildlife Art of The Nations at Nature in Art, Gloucestershire. April 2000 saw his second successful exhibition at The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge. Martin's work appeared on regional television and he has diversified into giving talks about his work.

Painting Style

Wildlife artist Martin RidleyWildlife artist Martin Ridley with a badger subject 1997 A painter of both mammals and birds Martin Ridley has spent much time developing a knowledge of the field, which is clearly reflected in his work. Combined with conceptual composition his attention to animal behaviour, habitat detail and lighting creates an amazingly accurate and artistic record of his nature encounters. Particular attention is given to integrating his subjects into their natural habitat. Any featured rocks and branches are likely to be given as much attention as the animal content.  He prefers to depict the wildlife in a setting that records the “whole” experience of an encounter and the “whole” may be more about the moody landscape than the focal point of a deer placed carefully to offer scale. 

Patterns found within nature hold a particular attraction and are often a key feature within his work.  Martin derives much of his satisfaction in the studio by exploring the possibilities of composition.  The rendering of weather conditions to create atmospheric situations then enhances this compositional creativity.

Inspirations are principally collected during extensive periods of fieldwork when Martin tends to concentrate his observations on one species at a time enabling him to attain an in-depth understanding of behaviour.  This has involved activities such as going out in the snow at 4.30am to watch displaying black grouse from a portable hide and nightly visits to badgers and foxes resulting in their eventual habituation to his presence.


Wildlife artist Martin Ridley - Glen Lednock 2015At The Wildlife Art Society's 1995 Exhibition at the Westminster Galleries in London, Martin was awarded Best Painting in Show, Best Oil Painting and Best Newcomer. In 1997 he was a finalist in the Laing sponsored seascape and landscape painting competition and in the following year two works were finalists in the touring Nature in Art exhibition.


A plethora of Martin's images have gone into printed circulation including illustrations for books, magazines, prints, cards, stamps and calendar designs.

He has the cover and a chapter in the book Deer: Artists' Impressions by Quiller Press (Foreword by Prince Charles)

Further paintings have illustrated the book titled "The Best of Wildlife Art"

Stella McCartney - Justin Timberlake

In 2018 one of Martin's designs was licenced by the fashion brand "Stella McCartney". His image of red deer was used to create a shirt worn by Justin Timberlake. He wore it whilst he performed the halftime show at the Superbowl. It was then used again for his "Man of the Woods World Tour. An amazing 100 million people watched the performance and Martin spent the best part of a week doing interviews after the story went viral! There is plenty of coverage on the internet.

In the UK work has featured amongst others in The Artist, BBC Wildlife, Leisure Painter, CountryLife, The Field and Heritage magazines. The list continues "Deer", Journal of British Deer Society, Country Lifestyle Scotland Magazine and Artists for Conservation Book 2020. In the USA his paintings have been used in the Wildlife Art magazine.

Artworks have been utilized as covers for the following publications; 1999 autumn issue of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust magazine, the WeBs Wetland Bird Survey 1994-95 and 1997-98. Published images include; several twelve-piece calendars, which were sold in aid of The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the cover image for The Birdwatchers Yearbook and Diary.

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Exhibition Venues

In recent years Martin has sold much of his work directly from the studio or via the internet. When exhibiting he rotated his venues.

Nature in Art, Twigworth, Gloucestershire

Tryon Gallery, 7 Bury Street, St. James's, London

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge and The Wetlands Centre, London

The House of Bruar, Perthshire

RSPB Vane Farm, Loch Leven, Kinross, Scotland

Watch out for his work at the galleries listed above or look at his Forthcoming Exhibitions. There are also several country fairs that Martin exhibits at annually.

Gannets in Flight - Bird Painting by Martin Ridley
"Over the Shoal", Gannets

Original oil painting
image 24 x 48 inches
£6200, Sold 3/3/09 Currency Converter

Available as a Gannet Print on Canvas

Shop Items

Pink-footed Geese Print - Reproduced from an original oil painting

The Frozen Puddle, Pink-footed Geese

Limited edition of 150 prints
Signed and numbered by the artist

Bird Pictures by Artist Martin Ridley from Aquila

Limited edition giclee print reproduced from an original oil painting.
Prints are signed by the artist.
The prints are on Somerset Velvet watercolour paper (100% cotton, acid free)

Alert Pink-footed Geese - Canvas print from an oil painting by Martin Ridley.

Alert Pink-footed Geese Print

Available as a canvas print or a framed print

Alert geese art prints from Aquila

Canvas prints reproduced from an original oil painting.
The prints are on heavy weight canvas with a matt laminate surface.

Please note: These pink-footed goose prints are produced following
your order and are posted to you direct from the printers.