Passionate about wildlife and equally passionate about accurately interpreting her subjects Wildlife Artist Pollyanna Pickering has dedicated her life to conservation through art.
And now she is honoured to have received the Association of Animal Artists most prestigious award, which was presented at their Annual Gala Dinner last Saturday. The Inaugural Chairman’s Award is presented to the artist who is considered to have most significantly raised the profile of wildlife art in the last twelve months.
SOFA member Pollyanna is the most published artist in the UK, with images selling in eighty countries worldwide, giving her a unique opportunity to raise the profile of wildlife art internationally. During the past year her artwork has been exhibited in galleries throughout the UK as well as in Vancouver, Florida and Arizona.
Pollyanna is an award winning speaker and in the last year she presented over 50 talks throughout the UK, about her expeditions to paint endangered species in the wild. In early January 2016 she travelled to Tucson to lecture at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute. Pollyanna’s enthusiastic and often light hearted presentations help to bring awareness of specific environmental issues and the role of wildlife art in conservation to her audiences – often for the very first time.
She is also able to reach brand new audiences through her regular guest appearances on the Create and Craft TV channel – in 2015 Pollyanna filmed 28 one hour shows, working at her easel live in the studio, and chatting to the presenters about the inspiration behind her artwork. Over 100 follow up shows featuring her artwork and clips of her interviews were broadcast, and in spring the channel sent a crew to her studio to film ‘A Day in the Life of a Wildlife Artist’. For the first time last year, Pollyanna also took part in several ‘simulcast’ shows – which broadcast live across the USA.
Pollyanna said ‘I feel so lucky to have won this beautiful award for doing the work I love, and sharing wildlife and feline art with a wider audience.”