Art Wednesday: By request
Raft of Otters
Robert Bateman (1930- ) born Toronto, Canada
Contemporary artist/wildlife artist
Thanks Clara for suggesting this artist, his work is just amazing. I can't decide which one I love the most, I think the otters (above) are adorable - but the painting of the sheep is something special. I think I might have to look out for one of his many books on wildlife as they need to be looked at in much more detail (he has written 7).
According to Bateman "Painting, for me, has never been a hobby. It is not relaxing - writers and athletes would say the same. Since I was twelve, I have always painted unless I am interrupted. It is a labour, but it is what I do . . . a labour of love let us say."
By the river
Salt Spring Sheep
Bateman has so many wonderful paintings of wildlife, do check him out he is great.