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RSPB Ynys-hir - where art and wildlife collide!

Last modified: 29 August 2014

Family walking at Ynys-hir

Image: Eleanor Bentall

Until the end of September young artist, Becky Thorley-Fox is using RSPB Ynys-hir and its wildlife as the inspiration for her next portfolio of paintings.

Becky, who is originally from Cheshire has been based at the nature reserve over the summer, and has produced numerous field sketches and paintings that illustrate wildlife interactions and behaviour within the landscape.

Her weekly studies can be found on display in the reserve visitor centre, and her work will culminate in a final exhibition of paintings in October.

Becky said: “I like to work in the fresh air away from the comfort of four walls. Capturing a moving subject within a changing landscape forces you to work quickly and intuitively, observing the wildlife close up helps you to understand their form and movements, the changing light, atmosphere and many moods of the day.”

Becky graduated in 2009 with a BA (hons) degree in creative arts from Bath Spa University and then relocated to Wales to focus on her painting. In 2012/13 she returned to Cheshire to learn more about the subjects that inspire her work.

She studied on a land based Diploma course and specialised in Ecology, Conservation, Biology, Animal behaviour and Botany at Reaseheath College. She recently participated on the SWLA Seabird drawing week based in East Lothian.


To see Becky’s art for yourself please visit the reserve, or for more information go to her website

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