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Welcome to the Kat Davies online Wildlife Art gallery,  home of original Wildlife Art, big cat paintings and animal art – where animal art comes alive! There is a unique intensity and an almost tangible life force inherent in her paintings.  Look out for exhibition news of where her latest Wildlife Art is for sale, on public display or listed at auction to experience it first hand, or have a look in this online gallery if you cannot travel -  international orders are welcome . Enjoy your visit today!

Wildlife Paintings – The Latest!

Introducing the very latest original Wildlife Art painting by Kat Davies.  ‘Sumatra’ is a large montage in pastel depicting a Sumatran tiger with three beautiful birds endemic or near endemic to Sumatra – the Sumatran Trogon, the Shiny Whistling Thrush and the Sunda Minivet.  The jewel like colours echo those of the beautiful island and its flaura and fauna. Dimensions 35 inches x 29 inches (framed).  Price upon request.

Sumatran Tiger

Born Free Foundation

Kat is very much looking forward to attending the sparkling Pride in the Park charity summer ball on 12 July 2014 in support of the wonderful work of the Born Free Foundation and marking this their 30th year. There will be an auction by one of the charity’s patrons and celebrity auctioneer and antiques expert James Lewis of TV’s Flog It, Cash in the Attic and Antiques Road Trip fame.  Her original pastel of two lions entitled Brothers is one of those to go under the hammer to raise funds . The marvellous Virginia McKenna OBE will be the special guest and we really do  hope much needed funds will be raised for the Born Free Foundation campaigns which you can read all about on www.bornfree.org.uk.

RSPCA Stapely Grange Wildlife Centre

Kat is pleased to support Stapeley Grange, one of four RSPCA wildlife centres which supports the rehabilitation of sick, injured, orphaned and confiscated wildlife and deals with over 5,500 wildlife, exotic and domestic casualties each year.  One of the recent success stories was a swan which had been shot in the head twice with a cross-bow, which was successfully operated on and thanks to the RSPCA will live to be reintroduced into the wild.

Wildlife Art Exhibitions 2014

Kat is delighted to submit her artwork to the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art once again.  There will be over 400 exhibits on show at NEWA’s 21st annual open exhibition which celebrates the natural world as seen through the eyes of some of the world’s most talented artists.  It is open from 9.30am – 6pm daily (free admission) from 18th July – 3rd  August at the purpose built gallery at Gordale Garden Centre, Burton, Chester High Road – A540, Wirral, CH64 8TF.  The exhibition can also  be viewed online and artwork purchased at www.newa-uk.com.

As well as being able to purchase Kat’s original pastel paintings through this website, her paintings are usually available through Leabrooks Gallery (www.leabrooksgallery.co.uk) and Prints can also be purchased by sending your request through the contact page.

wildlife art show - kat davies

Original paintings, art demonstrations and merchandise by Kat Davies

Personal Tuition, Workshops and Group Classes

Due to other committments, there are no group classes running at present.  However, personal tuition is available at a Derbyshire location a nd demonstrations for art clubs are available.  For further information or to register your interest in a workshop, please Email for details.

Did you know…?tiger hand small1 Home

There are around 37 species of wild cats in the world.  The Siberian or Amur Tiger is the largest, measuring up to 40″ to the shoulder and weighing up to a record 384kg.  The smallest wild cat is said to be the black footed cat, weighing around 1.2kg and only about 8 inches tall to the shoulder.  Most people are familiar with the tiger, lion, leopard, cheetah and jaguar, but too few are aware of the fact that these are ALL threatened species and sadly some cats have already become extinct, never to be seen again in the wild or in captivity.

About Soft Pastels

pastels HomePastel is a drawing medium in the form of a stick similar to a coloured chalk. They can also be in the form of a pencil.  They are dry, made with pure powdered pigment held together by a binder and are arguably the most permanent of all painting mediums.  Cave drawings of wild animals and hunting scenes from 30,000 years ago were similarly painted with natural pigments such as those from plants, animal blood, sap – some of these are still visible and holding their colour today!  Pastel as we know it was first mentioned by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1495 and was favoured by famous artists including Degas and Whistler.

Its popularity has continued to grow and grow, and some of the very finest Wildlife Art is now painted in pastel because it is the ‘magic wand’ with which a good artist can re-create the softness and depth of fur, the texture and tone of skin and the luminosity of a pair of living eyes.

Painting Big Cats

Look out for the new publication by Kat Davies.  This excellent concise trouble-shooting guide to painting big cats will be published later this year.  Aspiring artists young and old will benefit from the Wildlife Art instruction in this illustrated and informative book providing an insight into big cats including tigers, lions and snowleopards and be guided towards success in painting these magnificent animals.  This website will be the first to announce the release date of the book, so check back for more information or send a message with your name and address to reserve your copy.

Wildlife Art Gifts

handbags-books-kat-daviesThe introduction of a beautiful range of quality Gifts and merchandise in the form of the Wild! Collection by Kat Davies featuring her animal art has been a roaring success, if you will pardon the pun!  Designer Handbags, coin purses and stationery including greetings cards will soon be available to purchase online in this website .  Alongside the original paintings for sale and fine art Prints, there is sure to be a wonderful Gift for cat lovers -  from those who collect tiger art or lion art, to those who prefer domestic cat artwork or Pet Portraits.  Happy shopping!

Tiger cross stitch kit by DMC Creative World

Tiger cross stitch kits are always a firm favourite for cross-stitchers and make wonderful Gifts for husbands, sons and brothers as well as for those ladies who like to have a walk on the ‘wild’ side themelves every now and then!  A new leopard cross stitch kit and a lion cross stitch kit are also available, featuring big cat paintings by Kat Davies.  Kat is proud to be a DMC artist and be associated with a company renown for beautiful threads, quality and creativity since the eighteenth century and whose motto is most aptly  ‘From one fine thread a work of art is born’.  Visit the DMC Creative World website  at www.dmccreative.co.uk or see the latest DMC 2011 catalogue online or in a stockist near you.

Not just cute and furry

Kat was delighted to spend some time with bearded dragons, tarantulas and snakes recently.  She found their company very relaxing and having spent far less time with reptiles than big cats, she was fascinated to learn more about them and have first hand experience handling them and examining them ‘up close and personal’.  Her favourites were the boa constrictors, (see below, Kat with a young male boa constrictor) which display such beautiful markings, at times very reminiscent of leopard or jaguar markings.  ‘When the snake was wrapped around my neck it felt surprisingly strong, but all the same it was more like an embrace – not at all menacing.  When he reaches full maturity and a length of around 14 feet, however, I think it’s an embrace I’d rather forgo in favour of something a little less intimate!’  This visit also provided the inspiration for future animal paintings including a spectacled caiman crocodile.

Kat Davies and a Boa Constrictor

What a beautiful tail!

Comments

7 Responses to “Home”
  1. These pictures are simply magnificent :)

  2. Liz says:

    Your paintings are beautiful, the animals look so real. like they’re about to jump out of the picture.

  3. Lavender says:

    I’m thrilled with my clutch bag! It’s perfect for any occasion, both stylish and practical, and have received many compliments from friends. Your art is incredible, and being able to wear it is even better!

  4. Noreen says:

    I’ve been enjoying your posts on WC, and followed your signature link to your lovely website.
    I adore your work, and see that you are truly a wonderful soul, deeply connected to the spirit of the animals you are called to bring to life in your paintings.
    If I weren’t in another country, I’d certainly be signing up for your workshops.. Hopefully one day there may be an online video workshop or webinar? Well, a girl can hope..
    I’m also very excited to see that you have a book about to be published and wanted to say congratulations! And I’m very much looking forward to purchasing a copy once it is available.
    ~Thanks for sharing your lovely gifts with us all,
    Blessings, Noreen

  5. Salemskye says:

    Interested to read about your visit with the reptiles Kat – I would love to see you paint a snake picture as it is rare that you get a good, realistic painting. I think you would do a fantastic job, and as a Royal Python owner, I think that should be your first port of call! Wonderful work Kat.

  6. rose says:

    i love it theyre beautiful

  7. Catherine says:

    I love you art. Can I ask where you get your subject matter from to do your art? I like to do animals but find the zoos a very difficult place to get photos through cage wires and bars. I would dearly love to know how better to get my photos.
    regards,
    Catherine

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