Birds are much admired, revered and envied. They have featured in art for many thousands of years and our fascination with them continues. They do though pose a challenge to paint and are not always the most cooperative of models. By understanding their anatomy and recognising their type, the artist can learn a shorthand way to capture movement and attitude. With technique and colour mastered, style develops and a special scene can be captured uniquely forever.
Hello - my name is Tim Wootton and I was born and raised in Pilley, a small rural village in South Yorkshire.
My childhood was spent watching wildlife and climbing trees. I still do this as much as possible.
Following my foundation year at Barnsley Scool of Art and Design, I embarked upon a four-year Scientific Illustration Degree course at Middlesex Polytechnic (now probably called something much grander) but it (the course) and I did not see things the same way, so I finally graduated with a Ba(hons) in 1986 from Manchester. My fellow students will not like being reminded of the smelly corner of the studio where my dead birds were investigated during post-mortem studies (I once returned from a visit home to see my current project - a little owl - hanging outside of an 8th Floor window of Chatham Building, Oxford Road. The stench of which had raised mutiny.)
In 1991 I was shortlisted for the Young European Bird Artist of the Year. In 2008, I was winner of Wildscape Magazine's Wildlife Artist of the Year - editor's category, and winner of World Birds category, BBC Wildlife Magazine Wildlife Artist of the Year, 2010. The same year I also won the PJC award for Drawing at the Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition.
In 2011 I was amazed to be named as winner of the Birdwatch / Swarovski Artist of the Year and during the same event (the Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition) I was elected Associate Member Society of Wildlife Artists.
I have written and illustrated articles on birdwatching and general wildlife and country issues.
I am the Author and (main) illustrator of Drawing & Painting Birds - by The Crowood Press, 2010.
I am married to Sally and live in the Northern Isles of Orkney with our two girls, Savannah and Edie . . . and a couple of ponies, chickens, a dog, a cat, etc . . .