Moor Otters 2020 After a huge success with Mr Bilberry (he sold for £4500) in 2017 I have selected once more for the 2020 project. This time there is an otter with her pup to paint. I collected her at the beginning of December and will start painted as soon as the children go back to school early January. I love have a January project and cant wait to get started. Watch this space for progress...
Late 2016 year I was lucky enough to have been picked along with 99 other artists to paint an otter in aid of Dartmoor National Park Authority as part of the Moor Otter Public Arts Initiative. What a fantastic January project it has been. In a month in which I usually find hard to motivate myself and paint this year I have had Mr Bilberry as company along the way.
Moor Otters are a series of 100 unique pieces of art which will be displayed in public accessible areas in and around our National Park and gateway towns in 2017, after which they will be auctioned off to raise valuable funds to enable the park to continue conserving the landscape for current and future generations to enjoy.
For more information please visit the Moor Otters Website.
As a landscape artist I wanted to be true to my style and therefore decided to use the otter as a base for moorland landscape. I wanted to highlight some of the rare flora and fauna that can be found on Dartmoor and show them at the time day day they are most active. This meant that I went from day to night as i worked around the otter. I have included Bog Hoverflies which may be see in the daytime and enjoy a valley mire of a fairly acidic boggy nature and can be found near Purple Moor Grass (in which I depicted them). Another creature I incorporated was the Blue Ground Beetle these are more likely to be spotted after dark climbing mossy stumps looking for slugs. I also added the Greater Horseshoe Bat and Flaxleaved St John's Wort also rare species that exist on Dartmoor. I loved this project but it didn't come without a few problems the first and most important being that on the whole I work with a palette knife and this really wasn't going to happen on an otter so I quickly had to get to grips with a paint brush.