Biography

I have been working as a self-taught professional Wildlife Artist since 1989 and have also been a keen naturalist and conservationist for many years. Whilst combining my love of 'Wildlife and Art', I also support Wildlife Conservation Societies through my artwork.

A year after becoming a self-employed artist, to my great surprise I was invited to display my work, alongside other wildlife artists, at the Society of Wildlife Artists Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London. I have since exhibited artwork at a number of galleries, including the London Zoological Society, in 2003, whilst working with the Orangutan Foundation. The Orangutan Foundation founder, Birute Galdikas, was giving a seminar at the ZSL. Birute is one of my heroes, a lady whom I have supported and much admired for many years. At the end of the evening I was lucky enough to meet Birute, and couldn't believe it when she said that she recognised the orangutan in my 'Baby Orangutan' portrait. She very kindly asked if she could purchase a signed and messaged 'Baby Orangutan' fine art print, which I gladly gave as a gift. In return, she also signed a print for me; including a lovely personal message, which is now proudly displayed on my wall at home. It was super to meet such a special lady, and I was on Cloud 9 for weeks!

I had always wished to illustrate a natural history publication and in 2006 my wish was realised when I was invited to provide drawings for two Wolf Conservation books. I have also written for, and had artwork published in a number of well-known magazines and was also recently invited to produce artwork for a wildlife conservation film. My paintings, drawings, artwork and fine art prints can be found in private collections throughout the U.K, and in many countries around the world.

In 2009, I was also delighted to be signed with the Wildlife Art Company, established by Mark Cawardine and Rachel Ashton. Mark Carwardine is the world renowned BBC zoologist, photographer and author. The Wildlife Art Company is a natural history agency for Wildlife Art.

I have two lovely four-legged furry friends and enjoy many interests. As a Registered Bat Carer, I also rescue and care for bats in order for them to be released back into the wild.

Working from my lovely Larmer Tree Studio situated in the beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, I produce my own archival fine art prints,and have a range of coasters available displaying my original paintings and drawings. My artworks include: mammals, birds, pet portraits, landscapes and botanical subjects. Prints, cards, coasters, scented palm-oil free soaps and assorted gifts are also available from my on-line Gallery and Larmer Tree Studio.

Thank you for your interest in my artwork and for stopping-by. 
Su Shimeld