Featured Artists for November
For November, our special focus is on Wildlife Artists. Most of us love animal, whether they’re our home pets or those out in the wild. At OzArt Finder we feel fortunate to have so many highly skilled artists who have a strong passion for wildlife. Here we proudly present three of them, not only to view their stunning artwork, but to also learn more about each of them.
You may also be interested to know all three of these wonderful artists are available to share their knowledge and skills through their tuition.
New South Wales artist Rikki Fisher originally focused on Australian birdlife, but after an inspiring trip to Africa several years ago, her subjects changed to African wildlife. During this period, Rikki also discovered the fascinating technique of Scratchboard.
Scratchboard which originated in the 19th century in Europe has become a popular medium for many artists today, particularly for wildlife artists. It’s a technique that superbly captures the details and texture of an animal’s coat or the feathers of a bird. It is evident in Rikki’s artwork that she has mastered this technique wonderfully. Although her main subjects are animals, she also produces amazing portraits with striking effects.
Rikki has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas and has won numerous awards. In 2013 she won an International Scratchboard award in Canada, taking home the Gold Award Best in Show and in the following 2 years won major awards in the same annual event. These awards were a significant achievement for Rikki which gained her worldwide acclaim.
Another major achievement for Rikki was to be made a “Master Scratchboard Artist” in 2014 by the International Society of Scratchboard Artists.
Her most recent achievement was to win “Artist of the Year Award” presented by the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia (WASA) based in Melbourne. Rikki said, “Winning this award was a surprise, an honour and humbling all rolled into one”.
Being both proficient and versatile in the craft, Rikki has held many workshops and demonstrations.
Be sure to view Rikki’s amazing scratchboard artwork at http://www.ozartfinder.com/artists/rikki-fisher/ and on her website, http://www.rikkifisher.com.
William Ritchie is a wildlife artist and teacher in the Macedon Ranges region of Victoria. Although he comfortably works in any medium, he specialises in oils and watercolour.
Combining his lifelong passion for wildlife, his artistic skills and understanding of biology, William creates accurately detailed artwork that captures the unique character of his subjects.
His highly realistic artworks have received numerous awards and commendations. In 2016 and 2017 William was a finalist in the coveted Holmes Art Prize for realistic bird life art. He is also a member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists (SAA), an international organization comprised of members who produce the best animal art in the world.
His artworks comprising of paintings, drawings and sculptures created from recycled materials of scrap metal and timber are exhibited mostly in regional Victoria through galleries and art societies.
Being a much sought-after tutor, William also conducts regular workshops, demonstrations and art classes. For further information on his tuition, go to our listings of art teachers on OzArt Finder or visit his website; https://www.williamritchie.com.au/
Jeff Gilmour commenced his career in the 1950’s working for the Women’s Day Magazine. Later relocating to Sydney, he worked for several magazines and papers which eventuated in being appointed as art director of TV Week and New Idea magazines.
In 1990 Jeff moved back to Frankston, Victoria where he met and married Joan Denner, (also an accomplished artist), discovered fine art and hasn’t stopped painting since.
Although Jeff is renowned for his wildlife art, he is versatile in his subject matter and produces amazing watercolour scenes of classical steam engine trains and ships, so be sure to view his full gallery of artworks on OzArt Finder.
Jeff has won numerous awards over the years has been involved in many group exhibitions and several joint exhibitions with his wife.
Jeff also conducts regular demonstrations at the Frankston Library which attracts interest from many visitors who gain insight into Jeff’s artistic expertise. So, don’t miss his next informative demonstrations scheduled for Sunday 25th November and the 2nd December.