Richard Tratt SWLA SBA


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A painter of British landscape and wildlife. Richard spends a great deal of time observing and sketching his subjects in their environment. Most of the wildlife and botanical detail is completed in the studio, but much of his landscape work is painted outdoors. He works mainly in oils on canvas. He attended Northwich College of Art, Cheshire, and Dartington College of Arts, Devon (1970-1974).Richard has been painting full time since 1979, and was elected a member of The Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) in 1981, and The Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) in 1986. He now lives in Fordingbridge, on the northern edge of the New Forest and is inspired by the unique local environment of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset.

Exhibits at many galleries and Venues throughout the country including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and Art in Action. Shows regularly at the annual SWLA and SBA exhibitions. Finalist in the “David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the year Competition” 2008 and 2009. Winner of British wildlife category – BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2009 and 2010. Richard has an international following; in 1995 he painted two giant murals in The Royal Palace of Oman, and having become popular in Japan, has held one man exhibitions in Tokyo, in 1998 and 2000.

Work published by Rosenstiel’s, Medici, Reynard Fine Art, RSPB, Sally Mitchell Fine Art, CK Art and Rosemadder London. Featured in “International Artist” Magazine, “Draw it paint it” Magazine, and “Painting Birds and Animals”. Paintings on permanent display at The Nature in Art Museum, Gloucester. 1996 First prize winner of national competition ‘Art in Nature’, organized by The Artist Magazine.