© Gayle Mason
I am an animal and wildlife artist who works in a realistic style. I have corporate and private collectors of my original drawings and giclee prints throughout the world.
I developed my love of animals and the countryside as a child. I spent many happy hours watching animals and birds in the wilder parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire. A degree in Zoology from Liverpool University added an understanding of structure and form to the more intimate knowledge of behaviour I gained from many hours of observation.
I research each animal or bird in as much detail as possible before painting or drawing them. I particularly enjoy portraying the detail in the fur and feathers of my subjects. A small stream has been created in my garden which together with two ponds and a small area sown with meadow flowers encourages visits by many species of birds and small mammals.
Each year, I visit North America to enjoy the remote places and seek inspiration from the wild animals I encounter - including wolves, coyotes and grizzly bears in Yellowstone and Black Bears and Moose in Canada. However, I continue to get as much pleasure in the many small animals that I find on my travels as the large impressive ones.
I have written several articles for Leisure Painter magazine on coloured pencil techniques and am the tutor for the London Art College Pet Portrait Diploma course which includes assignments using coloured pencils.
I live in Yorkshire with my husband and several rough collies.
I have exhibited for several years with the Society of Feline Artists at the Llewellyn Alexander gallery in London plus
The Pickering Gallery, Pickering, Yorkshire
The Cat Gallery, York, Yorkshire
Picturesque Gallery, Silsden, Yorkshire
Stockbridge Gallery, Hampshire
The Llewellyn Alexander Gallery Award 2013 for 'Big Red'
The Association of Animal Artists 'Chairman' Award 2015 for 'The Dipper' at the Martin Mere Exhibition