Paul pictured at the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year award
Welcome to awildlife.co.uk
The official web site of wildlife artist Paul Slavin
a bit of history...
Paul Slavin is a self taught wildlife artist, born in Bristol and currently living in Somerset, Paul started out drawing portraits (of people) but his lifelong love of wildlife and animals inevitably led him to wildlife art.
After a long hiatus from art. having dropped out of art college after a couple of months ("You can only take so many collages!") Paul was inspired to pick up a pencil again after seeing some of the incredible images created by artists such as Mike Sibley and Armin Mersman (to name but two) on the internet.
Paul's first wildlife art piece Red Ruffed Lemur was tentatively entered into the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the year award and was short listed and eventually selected as 'Peoples Choice' winner 2009.
Paul's style of wildlife art is incredibly detailed with pictures taking up to and over 150 hours for a single piece of work. "While there are many incredibly talented artists out there, I wanted to attempt to create something that looked as good from across the room as it does with your nose pressed against the picture"
Paul supports many wildlife charities, but has formed a symbiotic relationship with one in particular, the UK Wolf Trust, where Paul takes his own source photos that form the basis of his Wolf pictures, receive a % of the profits of any Wolf pictures (Torak, Mai and Smile) sold.
quitting the day job...
Currently Paul still works full time as a Software Engineer, but hopes to soon be able to make a (meager!) living from his art and quit the day job.
Torak - European / Northwestern wolf cross
When it can take up to 150 hours to complete a picture, it's slow going trying to find time to draw around work, life and all the other things that get in the way.
Paul is currently considering attempting some colour work and a possible temporary change of direction. "I have some paints, now I just have to learn what the hell i'm supposed to do with them!". Keep checking back to see what sort of technicolour nightmare his first attempts produce!.
Also with a trip planned to kenya in September, you can be sure that there are many more wildlife art pictures on the horizon.