Anne Corless

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for December, 2013

British born Anne Corless enjoys using her artwork to support charities including conservation organisations such as the Born Free Foundation, the Cheetah Conservation Fund, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust and Tusk Trust.  After a ‘life of travel’, having been brought up in Nigeria, Australia and Kenya and worked as a Registered Nurse and Midwife in Saudi Arabia and South Africa, Anne has had many experiences of seeing animals in the wild.  Back in the UK, when her youngest child started school Anne followed a long held dream and made a career change.  She returned to her studies, gaining an Honours Degree in Design, specializing in Natural History and Scientific Illustration, before going on to qualify as a Medical Artist.  Anne says: “Working as a Medical Artist requires a thorough understanding of anatomy with good observational drawing skills and the ability to work in different media.  My interest in comparative anatomy also enables me to create artwork of animals that is both dynamic and accurate…and helps me understand what I am looking at!”

Anne says: “As a child I have stood on pristine beaches in Australia with hardly another person in sight.  In Kenya I have watched elephants crashing through the undergrowth in the magnificent Aberdare National Park.  I have snorkelled in the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, over a coral reef of magical shapes and colours with a drop into the ocean so deep and sudden at its edge that I was afraid to swim over it. It is all magnificent and all so fragile. I hope that by creating images of the natural world I may remind people of the importance of protecting it…..for all our sakes.”  She adds; “My reference is from my own sketches, photography, memories and imagination.”

In 1999 Anne donated 3 large oil paintings and 2 watercolour paintings of African wildlife to the Born Free Foundation, which along with other artists’ donated work, raised a total of £10,000 at the charity’s Annual Ball.  The following year Anne supported the Cheetah Conservation Fund by making another of her large oil paintings available for auction at the Charity’s Grand Champagne Ball with all funds going to the charity.  In 2009 Anne was invited to exhibit with Art of Giving in Chelsea, London which was held in aid of the Born Free Foundation and the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust.  That same year Anne founded the Association of Animal Artists (AAA) with a group of artist friends in Lancashire, UK.  Anne is very proud of everything they have achieved together.  She very recently retired from being Chair (and PR Trustee), a role she held for 4 years.  AAA is now recognised as an Art Association that works to support animal and wildlife conservation charities through its exhibitions and events, and artists apply for membership to AAA from all over the UK and overseas.  From 2014 onwards, Anne will sponsor an annual ‘Wildlife Art’ award (as a Founder member and the first Chairperson of AAA) which she hopes to present at the AAA Annual Charity Dinner each year.

Anne always has wildlife art drawings or paintings in progress and loves being asked to exhibit her work in aid of wildlife conservation.  In 2011 she was invited to exhibit her artwork in the ‘Animal Art Fair’ at Fulham Palace in London which was held in aid of Tusk Trust.  She was honoured to be included in the accompanying video about the exhibition:

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2013 marks the beginning of a partnership with Towngate Publications in Poole, Dorset, UK who produce high quality Limited Edition Giglee prints of her artwork.  As with all her original wildlife artwork, a percentage of all sales of her prints will go to wildlife conservation charities.


With a strong belief that it is important to be part of professional organisations, Anne is honoured to belong to the following.  Anne is Chair of the Fine Art Committee and North West Branch Master of the Fine Art Trade Guild.  She is honoured to be a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation and a Founder Member, former Chair and Honorary Life Member of the Association of Animal Artists.  She is a member of the Association of Illustrators (UK), Association Européenne des Illustrateurs Médicaux et Scientifiques, the Medical Artists Association (UK), the Association of Medical Illustrators (USA) and the Writers Guild of Great Britain as well as being a member of the Portrait Society of America and the Cecelia Beaux Forum.  She is a Professional Associate Member of the Society For All Artists.

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