Look at Each Animal as if you May Never See it Again
We are beyond thrilled to announce the patronage of Steve Burgess, one of the world's most accomplished wildlife artists, to WildAid.
We have just about picked ourselves up from the floor after receiving this amazing news and should really share more about our story.
With a sketch book in his hand from an early age Steve joined The Royal Air Force training as a photographer using all formats of camera. This training enabled Steve to later travel to places like Africa, Canada and North America, both sketching and taking photos to a professional standard, which gave him quality material to work with. In 1986 Steve left the Royal air Force and became a police officer until deciding that it was now or never, and gave up police work for the life of an artist. Happily, as it turned out, this was the right decision on Steve's part.
It was in 1994, roughly the same time as WildAid was emerging, that Steve decided to paint his first wildlife subject, two Bengal Tigers, in oils. Being fairly pleased with the result he continued to paint wildlife and was initially greatly influenced by the late Simon Coombs’ work after having met him at an exhibition.
Steve's art career has gone from strength to strength, taking part in many major exhibitions in the UK.
Steve is currently the only living British wildlife artist invited to participate in the select Couer D’Alene art auction, held annually in Reno, Nevada, USA . He continues to be inspired by his passion for nature and love of the outdoors, Steve is also accomplished in painting native peoples and his Masai friends in Kenya have named him ‘Olaishorani’ which means ‘ one who paints and draws’
As an ambassador to our charitable work we cannot wait to involve Steve and you our supporters in what we hope will be prosperous and healthy for wildlife conservation and people.
"It's all about encouraging people to participate and learn about the natural world through hands on discovery."
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