A brief biography
eWelcome to my biography page. My name is Jean Pritchard, I am a professional wildlife artist based in Cumbria. As a small girl, I would draw and paint for hours on end and my passion for art remains even stronger to this day! I studied Scientific and Technical Illustration at Blackpool and Fylde College of Art and Design. The course gave me a solid foundation and enabled me to progress as an artist. Initially I worked with watercolours but now I prefer oils as a creative medium, this gives me opportunity to produce works with bolder colours and naturalistic realistic detail.
I have many people to thank, for their encouragement and expertise, helping me to grow into a professional artist. My art teacher at secondary school, Miss Clarke, gave me great insight into paint and colour application. It was around the same time that I attended my late Uncles’ watercolour cIass, he was the well-known Lake District artist ‘T Leslie Hawks’, he recognised my eye for detail which gave me the confidence to move forward with my art. Years later, I was fortunate to teach watercolour classes at my local college and now I run my own private art classes. Helping others develop their skills and realise their artistic potential gives me a great sense of satisfaction and joy!
I have a deep passion for the natural world. I have helped to raise awareness and been responsible for generating vital funds by donating some of my paintings for wildlife organisations such as the World Owl Trust and Melbourne Zoo. I absolutely love painting wildlife! My favourite subjects are barn owls and big cats. To see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat gives me real drive and enthusiasm to create my artwork.
I am humbled to say that I have led a successful career to date. I am a proud member of local Art Societies and the ‘Association of Animal Artists’. I regularly show works at the ‘Exhibition of Wildlife Art’ and have exhibited widely across the UK, achieving finalist on numerous occasions at the ‘David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year’.
I have original works and limited prints available for sale. I also welcome commission works, and pet portraits; these are incredibly popular and keep me very busy so please get in touch if you would like to find out more information! Enjoy browsing my artwork and please do not hesitate to contact me for further assistance.