Awards & Achievements

  • Nov, 2018

    Just received this message and thank you so much Artists for Conservation for selecting me.

    We are writing to inform you that we are very pleased to celebrate your commitment and contribution to the AFC's mission, by featuring you as the December, 2018, recipient of the Artists for Conservation Foundation's monthly conservation award.

    The AFC's Conservation Artist Award is awarded monthly to honour an AFC member who has demonstrated a combination of artistic excellence and an outstanding contribution to the conservation cause. Other recipients of the monthly award have included Robert Bateman, Guy Harvey, John Banovich, and David Shepherd, to name just a few. At the end of each year, recipients of this monthly award will be considered for the annual Simon Combes Conservation Award.

    Congratulations on this, and on all your work in using art to further the conservation cause. We hope to see you in Vancouver one year.

  • Nov, 2018

    I did it!!! Just had an amazing evening meeting fellow artists. The Dorset Art Prize organised by Bournemouth University attracted 100's of entrants from all aspects of the visual arts: sculptures, textiles, photography, digital, animation, ceramics, drawing, printmaking - with the presentation of awards at Poole Museum.  

    The final award of the evening, 1st prize, £1,000 for the 19+ catagory winner.... and my name was called out... I couldn't believe it.

    I late met with Sandy and David, 2nd prize winner, and runner up, two lovely talented artists. Congratulations to you both also and look forward to catching-up again soon.

    Thank you also to Ellie and the panel of judges.  

  • Sep, 2018

    I entered an art competition a long while ago and have just received some great news. Apparently I've been selected as a Finalist. 

  • Aug, 2018

    Lovely to be selected as Artists for Conservation Artist of the Day. 

  • Aug, 2018

    A lovely meeting in my Studio today. An elderly couple popped in and stayed for half an hour or more.  We chatted about swifts, housemartins, swallows and all the wildlife they have recorded at their farmhouse over the years. A really interesting couple, and they too said they have noticed and are extremely concerned about the drop in numbers of birds returning to them each year.  Apparently, over the years they have installed many bird boxeds for the various species, as well as monitoring the nest building around their home. 

    One of the greetings cards they purchased was my 'Greater Horseshoe' bat, which coincidentally led to us chatting about batties, and my work as a Registered Bat Carer and my Bat Roost Counts each year. I have now been invited round for coffee, to view their bats and to help them position bat boxes. I am delivering the Fine Art Print that they also purchased, shortly, and look forward to seeing them both again. A lovely couple.

  • Apr, 2018

    Spent today packaging both my Hooded Vulture and White-winged Wood Duck artworks. Both artworks are now winging their way to Vancouver. The Artists for Conservation 'Silent Skies'100ft installation, feauring all 678 endangered species of birds of the world will form the artistic centrepiece of the 27th International Ornithological Congress at the Vancouver Convention Centre in August 2018. 

  • Oct, 2017

    2017 - Invited to produce artwork for the Sketch for Survival event.  'Out of the Shadows', Southern White Rhinocerus portrait donated to auction at the Explorers Against Extinction, Royal Geographical Society, London. The grand sum of £250 was raised by my artwork and has been donated to combat wildlife crime in Africa.

  • Oct, 2016

    2016 -  Signature Member of 'Artists for Conservation'.

  • May, 2010

    2010 'World of Wolves' -  Published - Marco Musiani. Artwork Susan Shimeld - Book Launch at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust.

  • Sep, 2009

    2009 - Signed with the "Wildlife Art Company". Established by Rachel Aston and world-renowned zoologist and author, Mark Carwardine

  • Sep, 2009

    2009 - 'A New Era' for Wolves & People' Published - Marco Musiani. Artwork Susan Shimeld - Book Launch at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust.


  • Mar, 2009

    2009 -  BBC 'Wildlife Artist of the Year' competition.  'Wolf Study' my pastel portrait selected as a Finalist for the 'BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year'.

  • Mar, 2009

    2009 -  BBC 'Wildlife Artist of the Year' competition.  'Wolf Study' my pastel portrait selected as a Finalist for the 'BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year'.

  • Mar, 2009

    2009 - 'Artists and Illustrators' magazine - Invited to write a feature about my life as a Pet Portrait Artist.

  • Dec, 2008

    2008 - 'Artists and Illustrators' magazine.  Invited to write article on the production of my Fine Art Prints and Greetings Cards. 

  • Oct, 2008

    2008 -  BBC website - Dorset In Pictures - 'Dorset - Autumnal Art'

  • May, 2005

     2005 - Opening of Larmer Tree Studio & Gallery

  • Nov, 2003

    2003 - Zoological Society of London - The Orangutan Foundation with Founder Birute Galdikas

  • Apr, 2003

    2003 - Registered Bat Rescuer, Carer and Rehabilitator

  • Nov, 2002

    2002 - Married on safari, in South Africa. In KwaZulu-Natal saw Leatherback turtles, and in Hermanus, finally saw my very first whale. After 29 years of 'Saving the Whale': campaigning, promoting and donating to the conservation of whales; to actually see Southern right whales breaching, spy-hopping and lob-tailing in their natural habitat, close to the shore - was an experience I will never forget.

  • Jan, 2002

    2002 - 'Nature In Fine Art' website launched - Online Gallery @

  • Jan, 1994

    1994-1998 Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design - Qualified - HND Natural History Illustration

  • Apr, 1991

    1991 - First Solo Exhibition - Shaftesbury Art Centre

  • Jul, 1990

    1990 - Mall Galleries London - The Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition

  • Sep, 1989

    1989 - Self-employed Wildlife Artist

  • Jan, 1987

    Bournemouth Art Society

    Dandie Dinmont Portrait
    First Prize