Biography

Geraldine lives and creates from her home studio at Collaroy on Sydney's northern beaches, Australia.

Her artistic journey began amidst the tranquillity of her early surroundings and the loneliness that shaped her childhood. Born in London and later settling in Australia in 1968, Geraldine found herself immersed in the performing arts through her parents but distanced from the companionship of peers. This isolation, though challenging, became the crucible for her creativity. The lack of distraction and solitude fostered a deep connection with the natural world.

Riding her bike to serene locales, Geraldine developed an acute attention to detail—observing the subtle nuances of the environment. These observations laid the groundwork for her signature style, focusing on the delicate details and expressions that animate her animal portraits, transforming them from mere representations to windows into the soul of the wild. 

Her encounter with the majestic wildlife of Borneo in 2005 truly defined the trajectory of her career. A profound connection she felt with the orangutans and the stark beauty of the Indonesian wildlife awakened a fervent desire to use her art to advocate for endangered species. The deep, soulful eyes of an orangutan she met were the catalyst for dedicating her art to wildlife conservation. 

Geraldine creates her wildlife portraits in either pastel and coloured pencil or scratchboard. These mediums enable her to achieve meticulous detail and emotional depth to evoke empathy and awareness about the fragility and beauty of wildlife.

Support for Conservation: 

2023: Donated elephant drawing  Baby steps for Save Elephant Foundation - Animal Art Exhibition, Sydney. Sold. 
2019: Donated koala drawing Afternoon Snooze on Facebook silent auction for Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in NSW during the most catastrophic bushfires in Australia's history. Sold.

2018: AFC Silent Skies Super Mural Project

2018/17: Invited to donate original artworks in Explorers Against Extinction Sketch for Survival Art Auction, London. Each artwork sold.

2015 Donated orangutan drawing What's My Future for Orangutan Protection Foundation Exhibition in London, England. Sold.

2009:  Founded Riding for Rangas annual charity bike ride in 2009 (biennially since 2013) to raise funds and awareness for the Friends of the National Parks Foundation, Borneo

2005/06: Donated orang-utan drawing Man of the Jungle (2005) and elephant drawing Evening Sun (2006) for Humane Society International - Extinction Denied Art Exhibition, Sydney. Each artwork sold.

Other conservation campaigns: Sea Shepherd, Silvery Gibbon Art Auction and Borneo Orang-utan Society.

Special Achievements: 

2023 Honourable Mention -  AFC Art of Conservation - International Exhibit of Nature in Art 

2023 Finalist - David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year - Mall Galleries, London

2023 First Place signature division - ISSA Online Exhibition 

2020 ENDANGERED Art4Apes - Virtual Artist in Residence Award, USA

2016 Finalist - The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum

2010 AFC Conservation Artist Award for May

 

Organization memberships:

2016 Signature Member - International Society Scratchboard Artists, USA

http://scratchboardsociety.org

2023 Association of Animal Artists, UK 

http://associationofanimalartists.com