Over the years, artist John Trickett has created hundreds of paintings which beautifully capture the allure of our sports. And yet, as Matt Kidd discovered, he has never pointed a gun at bird or beast, nor wetted a line in hope of a fish.
Art and Artists
In the modern age of instant everything, it is heartening to know that there are still things that can’t be rushed. And they tend to be the finer things in life, says Marcus Janssen.
Wildlife sculptor Hamish Mackie has amassed an impressive portfolio of work over the past 20 years, says Will Pocklington, but it is the stories that his pieces tell that makes them really stand out.
Coral Rose may be brand new to the world of country sports, but her art suggests the opposite. And that is down to the fact that she has well and truly immersed herself in this way of life, says Will Pocklington.
It is said that life begins at 40, and for illustrator Sarah Ellis, this could not be more true, says Matt Kidd.
With a portfolio which resembles the passenger list of Noah’s Ark, gamekeeper- cum-taxidermist Will Hales’ workshop is as different as its contents are beguiling, says Will Pocklington.
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James Quin is anything but a stereotype, says Marcus Janssen. Not only is he one of South Africa's most highly regarded professional hunters, but he is also a devoted family man, a dedicated conservationist and a gifted artist.
Malcolm Appleby MBE is an extraordinary gun engraver, says Matt Kidd. Not only is he one of the very best in the business, but what he does is also truly unique.
Wildlife artist Rebecca Mickleburgh confesses to having a bipolar attitude towards art, says Matt Kidd. Indeed, her two styles of painting are so distinctive that it is difficult to believe they come from the same studio in the Scottish Borders.
Those special moments in the natural world that cannot be bought, arranged or predicted, are often so difficult to convey. Somehow, says Will Pocklington, artist Jonathan Yule manages to do just that with his watercolour paintings.
A complete career change is always risky, but for a very lucky few it pays dividends, leading to a way of life that ticks all the boxes. Artist Alice Arnold provides the perfect example, says Will Pocklington.
The full results of our 2015 competition.
What do a group of the UK’s finest sporting artists do when they’re on holiday? They go salmon fishing in Scotland, apparently. Marcus Janssen found out more.
Some people are born into a life that eventually leads them to a particular profession, as if it was meant to be. Wildlife artist Mike Ghaui is unquestionably one of those people, says Will Pocklington.
Silversmith James Biggins is a sterling example of an artist who has found a glistening niche in the world of hunting and shooting, as Will Pocklington discovered.
When passionate falconer and raptor artist Andrew Ellis moved to the heart of England’s grouse country, he wasn’t sure how welcome he and his falcons would be. But, as Will Pocklington discovered, he had nothing to worry about.
The way in which Ian Greensitt depicts wildlife is testament to his understanding of his subjects. Will Pocklington discovers what moulded him into the artist he is today.
Driven by a love of the Highlands and a passion for salmon fishing, artist Chris Sharp chose to walk away from a career in oil for one in oil painting, as Marcus Janssen discovered.
Hunt photographer Sarah Farnsworth has an uncanny ability to capture the intricate moments that keep this tradition alive.
Clare Brownlow is a one-of-a-kind artist. Patrick Tillard visits her brilliantly manic family home near Jedburgh.
From snakes to estates - Helen Fergusson’s love of animals is evident in all of her art, as Marcus Janssen discovered.
Marcus Janssen meets artist James Lynch at his picturesque home in rural Somerset.
Ian Valentine is confronted by wild boar, stags and a charging bull in deepest Oxfordshire as he gets to meet highly acclaimed sculptor Hamish Mackie.
Roger Brookes is one of only a handful of people still practising the art of fish carving. Marcus Janssen went to his home in Herefordshire to meet him and find out more.
For artist Ben Hoskyns woodcock are very special, both on shoot days and in his studio.
Andrew Ellis has a special affinity with grey partridges - he rears them, paints them and hunts them with falcons. But it is his immense talent as an artist for which his name is best known.
Jason Sweeney's story is a fascinating one. It is an inspirational tale of a man who found his forte in life as an artist by following his heart. By Marcus Janssen.
Zimbabwean-born Patrick Mavros is an internationally recognised name in the art world. When it comes to the sculpture of silver, he is a prodigious talent.
Rodger McPhail is a countryman, sportsman and cartoonist and is celebrated internationally for his outstanding wildlife and sporting fine art. Jane Pruden meets him in his Lancashire studio.