Vivien Walters Animal Artist Equine Portraits        
by Artist Vivien Walters




Vivien Walters is a national award winning animal artist based in rural North Devon, the Country of the Two Rivers made famous by Henry Williamson in his book "Tarka the Otter".  Her work in oil, pastel and charcoal is noted for its ability to capture the character of her subjects, and to give a sense of their movement and the interaction between animals in a group.  


Vivien says, "I am always inspired by the effects of light falling on a subject – I love the moods and atmosphere created by sunlight especially during late afternoon when the colours are warm and soft and the light suddenly catches an animal's coat and makes it glow.  I’m particularly fond of painting otters which are native to this area.  We are close to RHS Rosemoor which now has a pair of otters breeding in their lake, presumably having migrated from the nearby River Torridge.  To me, otters have a lot in common with cats, another of my painting passions - they form lovely curving shapes whether they are swimming or at rest, and they have masses of whiskers which give them an appealing and inquisitive look".






As a member of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Vivien has helped raise funds for their TigerTime appeal with the sale of limited edition prints of her tiger cub painting “Look Don’t Touch”. She has also contributed original artwork to raise funds for the Appledore Lifeboats and for Macmillan Cancer Support.    


  A regular exhibitor at the annual National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Vivien has won awards for drawing excellence for the last two years running.  She has also received a wildlife category award at this year's Association of Animal Artists exhibition.










Interest in Vivien's artwork has been steadily growing and she is kept increasingly busy supplying originals for galleries as well as exhibitions.  A number of her pieces are now available as open, limited and hand embellished limited edition prints. She also undertakes commissions to order, over the years painting all manner of creatures, including the occasional cheetah and wolf, for clients in Europe, the USA and Asia as well as in the UK.  

When time permits she provides private tuition in her home studio, while artists worldwide have for many years now been taking advantage of her email consultancy service and extensive range of e-workshops.

Full details of all the above can be found on this site.