Ben Waddams is a wildlife artist now living and working in Shropshire. Originally from the South East of England, Ben gained a First Class degree in Fine Art in 2006 and has spent time living in the USA and has travelled extensively across Central America and Africa in search of exotic wildlife. Ben finds his inspiration for his work from visiting these truly mesmerising areas of the world.
Ben has a great passion for his chosen subject and feels that in order to evolve from a decent artist to a great one he must know his subject intimately. Ben prepares for all paintings by studying the species in the wild, researching its habitat, even speaking to experts if necessary to truly understand his subject.
Ben paints moments in nature and his aim is for a painting to show a window into the natural world. He gives the impression and illusion of detail without actually painting the detail itself and his work is primarily concerned with animal behaviour and potential energy- that moment caught in time before life resumes.
Ben always works in oils and as well as painting British wildlife subjects, Ben also paints more exotic larger species native to Africa and Central America including studies of elephants, lions, tigers, hippos, giraffes, buffalos and chimpanzees to name but a few.
Ben is passionate about conservation and is keen to raise awareness through his paintings. He has built a reputation as an ambassador for conservation and is considered an expert on natural history and wildlife art. Ben was a finalist in the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year competition in 2010 and his original paintings are becoming very collectable and are in major collections all over the world.
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