Paul Bartlett SWLA is a self-taught artist with a PhD in animal behaviour. He is an elected member of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) and won ‘Artist of the Year’ in 2006 at their annual exhibition at London’s Mall Galleries.
He has twice been a category winner and overall runner-up in the David Shepherd ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’ competition in 2009 and 2010 and winner of the ‘British Birds’ category for the ‘BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year’ in 2009.
His work has featured in numerous art publications and several books.
Paul has held major solo exhibitions throughout the UK and regularly contributes to exhibitions at the Mall Galleries in London. In 2009 he held a sell-out show in Maine, USA.
Painting for a living allows Paul the time and opportunity to enjoy his passion for nature and the outdoors. His other pastimes include climbing mountains and kayaking. He lives in St Andrews with his partner and their three children.
Paul’s unique eye-catching style is the cumulative result of all his experimenting with technique and mediums over his artistic career. Often combining collage with acrylics or pastels, he uses pertinent publications for his works, adding an extra facet to the painting by sourcing articles which relate to the subject.
For the practical reasons of working with ripped paper most of Paul’s finished collages are produced in the studio using a combination of field sketches, photographs, memory and some creativity.
He seeks the more remote wildernesses of Scotland for his inspiration and subject matter, often spending days trekking on foot or in a sea kayak to visit inaccessible coast or islands where wildlife abounds.