France Bauduin UKCPS Silver, SOFA
© France Bauduin
Established near Bristol, England since 1997, I was born in Québec, Canada, the daughter of a professional wood sculptor specializing in “haut-relief” sculptures depicting wild animals in action in natural habitat and the true source of my inspiration.
My first goal has always been to transmit my love and knowledge of animals, especially cats, through my colour pencil drawings. Cats are often depicted as aloof/independent creatures, which is true for most of them, most of the time. However what I also want to illustrate is the strong relationships they have as kittens as well as their strong bond with their mother.
In August 2013, I became a full member of the Society of Feline Artists (SOFA). Indeed, my favourite subjects are cats and kittens in action. In 2015, I joined The Wildlife Art Society International (TWASI) and now many of my subjects feature wildlife animals, mainly big cats but not exclusively. I am also a member of the Association of Animal Artists (AAA).
My cat drawings have been displayed in several exhibitions in London, other cities in England and even Moscow. I have also illustrated the following two cat novels: White Chin and Magnificat by Marilyn Edwards as well as the non-fiction book: Of Dogs and Cats and Bear by Jenny Melmoth. I also offer regular “Cat Drawing workshops” at my local library.
Anyone can draw an animal head, but if you know the animal very well, you can infuse some “life” in it and create “a moment”, something that speaks to you and whoever is looking at it. This is what I am trying to achieve with my drawings and teachings these days.
Signature status 2016, Silver 2018