Ben Waddams is a British wildlife artist living and working in Shropshire. Originally from Buckinghamshire, South East England, Ben has lived in the States for many years on several different occasions and travelled in search of exotic wildlife across Central America and Africa.
“I have been lucky enough to have lived and travelled through some truly mesmerising areas of the world and this is where I take my inspiration from.
I try to paint ‘moments in nature’. My paintings aim to be windows into and onto the natural world. They are concerned primarily with animal behaviour and potential energy; that moment caught in time before life resumes.
They are simple studies with subtle hints to the habitat and environment. I enjoy the details of the natural world but I am not a realist. My paintings are painted to give the impression and illusion of detail, without actually painting the detail itself. In other words they aim to be faithful to natural history whilst maintaining a style and an artistic integrity.
My aim is that they invoke a stirring in the minds of their audience and in turn my hope is that the audience themselves will be inspired to seek out and help protect the species in my paintings and of this planet.
Personally, I get great pleasure from looking at and studying the natural world, whether with a pair of binoculars, a pen or a paintbrush and, if I can helpfully communicate that pleasure to others through my paintings, then that is a tremendous reinforcement of that satisfaction for me.”
Wildlife Artist and Illustrator
Published with Sally Mitchell Fine Arts Ltd
Natural History Writer and Columnist (Shropshire Newspapers)
Professional Speaker on Natural History and Wildlife Art
Trustee of ‘Monduli Green’; a humanitarian and environmental charity in Tanzania
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