Pollyanna Pickering - Painter of the Living World© ................................. ... .....................Pollyanna Pickering Studio

Meet Pollyanna Pickering ..........Pollyanna is acclaimed as one of Europe's foremost wildlife artists. The most published artist in the UK, her work sells in over eighty countries world wide. She is patron of the Wildlife Art Society International, and the University of Derby recently awarded her an honorary degree in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the arts. A familiar face on TV, the most recent documentary about her work Made in England was broadcast on BBC 1. In 2012 she was awarded the most prestigious International Award in the field of Wildlife Art - The Artists for Conservation's Simon Combes Conservation Award, recognizing support for conservation through artistic excellence.

Pollyanna is passionate about wildlife and equally passionate about accurately interpreting her subjects. She is a champion of environmental conservation, both on the national and international stage, and is an indefatigable campaigner for the welfare of endangered, sick and vulnerable creatures.

Her paintings will be familiar to most people from her extensive ranges of fine art prints and cards, many commissioned by charities including the WWF, Guide Dogs for the Blind and the RSPB. Pollyanna designs exclusive gift ware for Harrods, and has painted postage stamps for African Countries, and first day covers for the Royal Mail.

Pollyanna's determination to paint only animals which she has observed in their natural habitats has lead her into a remarkable and unique series of expeditions into some of the most inhospitable areas of the globe. In 2007, Pollyanna was granted a fellowship from Canada based society Artists for Conservation Foundation in support of the expedition into Bhutan. She is accompanied on her journeys by her daughter and business partner Anna-Louise who also writes the text and contributes the photography to the books.  

 

 

For fifteen years Pollyanna ran a registered hospital for birds of prey from her home. Caring mainly for injured and orphaned raptors, she also rehabilitated foxes, hedgehogs, squirrels and other mammals, all of which feature in her work. This close contact with the creatures in her care is reflected in the realism and vitality of her work.

The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation raises funds for world-wide conservation, animal welfare and disaster relief. Pollyanna continues in her support of other charities. She acts as patron of several organisations including The Badger Trust, Raptor Rescue, Cats in Need, Naturewatch, the Gamelea Countryside Training Trust, The ABC Animal Sanctuary and FABLE who raise funds for epilepsy sufferers. Pollyanna is a trustee of the Irish African/Asian Conservation Trust, and acts as UK ambassador for the Australian organisation Wildlife Warriors. She holds the official role of Conservation Partner to the Wildlife Conservation Division of the Department of Forests and Park Services of Bhutan.

Pollyanna has received over thirty international awards and accolades for her paintings, including the Silver Palette Trophy and the Millennium Trophy bestowed by the Wildlife Art Society International who have also awarded her two Gold Medals. In 2004 she was awarded a coveted first prize in the Wildlife Artist of the Year Awards, and in 2007 won the first National Wildscape Masterclass Challenge. In 2009 the Society of All Artists named her Professional Wildlife Artist of the Year in their annual award, and in 2011 she won the inaugural Environmental Concern Award in the Wildlife Artist of the Year Awards.

However in recent years she has also been recognised for her remarkable accomplishments in both business and conservation. The International Fund for Animal Welfare named her Animal Conservation Fund-raiser of the Year, honouring her with an award at a special presentation at the House of Lords. She has received a commendation for her work in Arts and Media at the European Women of Achievment Awards and won the Hera award at the prestigious NatWest everywoman Awards which celebrate the achievements of women in business. In 2006 she was awarded the Department of Trade and Investment's Women in Business Achievement Award. and the following year receieved one of the first Excellence in the Community from Derbyshire County Council, in recognition of her ‘outstanding personal achievement’ which has helped to put Derbyshire on the map. In2009 she was one of the three shortlisted finalists for the Women in Public Life Awards. In 2010 she was named Entrepeneur of the Year in the inaugural Derbyshire Times Business Awards.

For more complete biographical and career details click on Biography


Coming soon..... Pollyanna's eagerly awaited new book Way of the Wolf will be published 2014. Check back for updates!

In the meantime click here to buy Pollyanna's other books securely online

 

The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation has donated over £170,000 to conservation and animal welfare projects worldwide.

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Visit our online gallery where we are pleased to offer an exclusive range of fine art limited edition prints, each individually numbered and signed by Pollyanna. All of Pollyanna's books are also available for purchase online.

All the latest images to be published can be purchased securely, direct from this site so that you can enjoy Pollyanna's sensitive and enchanting paintings in your own home.

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All of Pollyanna's books are also available, including the exclusive limited edition page by page reproduction of the sketch journal she kept on her 2010 expedition through China.

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Befriend Polly Bear and WIN a limited edition sketch

Anyone who becomes a friend of Polly - our rescued Asiatic Moon Bear- will be entered into a prize draw to win this limited edition print. Read an update on the progress of Polly Bear here


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Enjoy an idyllic holiday on the shores of Loch Ness in a luxury wooden lodge with extensive decking, lochside hot tubs, private parking, plasma televisions in every room, plus many more luxury features. Every time Lodge Nine is booked, a donation of £100 will be made to the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation.

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sWatch Pollyanna on CTV News

 

On 12th October Pollyanna appeared live on Canadian Breakfast Television to chat about receiving the Simon Combes award, and the AFC Art Festival. A clip can be viewed on the CTV web site

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Visit the BBC web site to watch a clip of Pollyanna's documentary 'Made in England'

Visit the accompanying Made in England web site to watch exclusive film of Pollyanna giving hints on sketching, which was not included in the original documentary and to learn more about the project.

If you missed Pollyanna and Anna-Louise's interview with Jenni Murray on Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4 you can click here to listen again

Click here to watch a selection of beautiful montages of Pollyanna's artwork on Youtube


So that's how she does it...... Pollyanna takes advice on her sketching technique from a panda cub! See Pollyanna in close contact with more animals here


"Pollyanna Pickering is considered to be one of the best Wildlife Artists in the world"

Jenni Murray : BBC Radio 4


"If you have never seen a barn owl in all its colourful magnificence, this is your chance, for Pollyanna's paintings are so good that you can almost feel the softness of the feathers and hear the swoosh of their flight as they hunt through the night air."

David Bellamy


 

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"Pollyanna - What a wonderful talent you are! I am in awe"

Brian May (Queen)


"Pollyanna will be long-remembered for her knowledge of the 'wild ones', her art, and her graciousness"

Tippi Hedren


"Pollyanna and Anna-Louise go into the wilds and bring back beauty"

Neil Finn (Crowded House)



"Pollyanna is a painter gifted with an exceptional artistic talent"

Brigitte Bardot


"Pollyanna - you are so much admired. For your art and also for your compassion and concern for the animals"

Virginia McKenna


"Pollyanna Pickering is more than just a wonderful artist. She is a marvellous ambassador and campaigner for animals."

Nick Jenkins : International Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare.


"Derbyshire's Favourite Wildlife Artist"

Reflections Magazine January 2010


 

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