Wildlife artist David L. Prescott uses light, composition and detail to capture the essence of the animals he paints. Visit his website to see more of his artwork.
As a child, I was always interested in nature, animals and the outdoors. If I was missing at any time I could always be found in a stream bed looking for interesting things like frogs and fish, or turning over stones to see what was living underneath them such as eels and newts. I was very interested in the birds that were flying around and valued their feathers immensely. Finding a nest with eggs in it was wonderful.
I started my art career as a stained glass window artist in my hometown of Liverpool, England. At the age of seventeen, I had the first one-man exhibition of my works. From there I started to get commissions for oil paintings and pastels.
While attending Liverpool College of Art I learned to be proficient with oils, watercolor, gouache, pastels, graphite pencils and acrylics.
I sold works and took commissions at art galleries, county fairs and falconry shows, at one point having a backlog of seventy commissions which took three years to complete.
In 1978, I immigrated to the United States and began selling works and taking commissions in galleries and wildlife art shows. I traveled from state to state which enabled me to take lots of photographs to use as reference for paintings. The once-in-a-lifetime experiences I’ve had visiting various locations are incredible.
My works have been published in a variety of magazines over the years, and I have been featured on the front cover of five international magazines in the past six years.
I have been the featured artist at a number of juried art shows and had gallery one-man shows. In 2003, one of my paintings was chosen from an entry of over 10,000 to be exhibited in the Mall Galleries in London, England.
In 2010, I was chosen as a featured artist for the Artists for Conservation website, which is limited to 500 artists worldwide.
Today I concentrate on being accepted by quality galleries, enter juried art shows and paint commissions. For a number of years, my primary subjects have been wildlife, birds of prey, landscapes and human portraits.
I am now painting western art as well and hope to get signed by a publisher and accepted by some quality art galleries in the future. I must say, I really enjoy painting western art as the lifestyle of cowboys is so very interesting, evoking all kinds of legends and tales of the old west. I shall be painting a lot more western paintings in the future.
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