The Wild Awards 2016 major prize winners :
gold to Steve Morvell, silver to Alison Clark and bronze to Fiona Anderson
steve-morvell-grand-elder-statesman-african-bull-elephant-gold-winner-2016alison-clark-stealth-and-beauty-at-dusk-silver-winnerfiona-anderson-lion-study-bronze-winner

 View  Images of some of the artworks Wild Awards 2014

2016 Wild Awards Highly Commended

 

 

Previous Wild Awards gold winners

2014 wild awards Evan Neokli Travelling Companions

2014 wild awards Evan Neokli
Travelling Companions

peta boyce 2012

2012 Peta Boyce ‘Mr Cotton-top Worries A Lot’ Acrylic on Clayboard

elizabeth cogley 2006

2006 Elizabeth Cogley ‘South Eastern Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos’

warwick deane 2004

2004 Warwick Deane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010 Patrick Hedges 'Abu' scratchboard

2010 Patrick Hedges ‘Abu’ scratchboard

2003 Glenyz Buzza, Pete Marshall & Steve Morvell

2002 Renata Bruynzeel

2001  Pete Marshall

Artist of the Year

The Artist of the Year Award’s purpose is to acknowledge, encourage and reward members for excellence and participation in WASA exhibitions.

The Artist of the Year award is decided by a point system accrued from each WASA display / exhibition in a 12 month period. Points are given at each exhibition for winner, two runners-up, highly commended (usually 6 to the judge’s discretion),  the Most Popular artwork as chosen by the viewers and a point is given for each artwork entered into our exhibitions.

The first award was presented in 2008 and was previously known as the Presidents Award.
See below to read about the winners

2016 WASA Artist of the Year – Karin McKee –

2016-karin-mckee-photo-smallI feel very privileged to have received the award of Artist of the Year –  it has been the highlight of my art career to date.  As a recreational artist of only a few years I am thrilled at the achievement. I really enjoy inspiring others to pick up a brush, have a go, participate in activities and be included in the wonderfully supportive society that is WASA.

I paint what I love and hope that others enjoy my subject matter as much as I do! It does appear that I have an obsession for cats (of any shape or size, as long as they’re fluffy and cute!)  I try to expand my wildlife knowledge by travelling and gaining inspiration from local cultures and countries around the world.  A recent visit to some African National Parks has given me a better understanding of wildlife in its habitat, and how precious and endangered they have become.  I hope to be able to share these experience and emotions through my artwork.

I don’t have a specialty medium and will give anything a go once! I quite enjoy scratchboard, ink  and watercolour, pastel and coloured pencil.

I’m an active member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA), Australian Society of Coloured Pencil Artists (AUSCPA) and W A S A.

2015 WASA Artist of the Year – Vida Pearson –  

Vida in studio 2015

What an honour once again to have the privilege of being chosen as  Artist of the Year 2015 for the second year in a row. As a friend commented I still need one more to match Hawthorns record (apologies to those who are not football fans but this is Victoria and football is religion in this part of the world) I was extremely surprised last year to have achieved this award and even more so this year. Perhaps – as I have commented to friends – I might be doing something right!

I must say WASA and the exhibitions it organises are integral to my life as an artist these exhibitions give me focus, inspiration and probably most importantly deadlines!  As every artist knows – one is never completely satisfied with what one is creating there are always little improvements that one can fiddle with forever. I think sometimes this is because we become so attached to the artwork we dont want to expose it to the outside world and give up something that we have nurtured and perhaps struggled with on a very personal level. I think this particularly applies to wildlife images as often we are very attached to the bird/animal/plant we are representing. I love depicting cockatoos and have created many images of these engaging birds since I attended Art School in the mid 80s but I have had many a frustrating moment when I feel I have not quite captured them as I want and I feel a responsibility to get it right (in my mind at least) Maybe its because I think art can have an influence on people and how they view the natural world if we can make them care about what we have depicted maybe it will engage them in the wider discussion on the demise of these precious things.

contact details – see 2014 entry

2014 WASA Artist of the Year  Vida Pearson

Vida Pearson pulling a linocut

Vida Pearson pulling a linocut

While photographing “hummers” (as the locals of New York City refer to hummingbirds) in Central Park,  New York one of the dear winged friends decided to deposit a rather large amount of faecal matter upon my good self and camera.  Alas it was not a Passenger Pigeon which excreted as they were slaughtered in their billions (no exaggeration) to complete extinction in 1914 when “Martha” the last Passenger Pigeon died in Cincinnati Zoo ( the last of the wild population is believed to have perished around 1900). Whatever species it may have been, it aroused much delight from a fellow birdwatcher who assured me that such an event was cause for celebration as it would lead to my having lots of good luck in the near future. Only being slightly superstitious I did not take him seriously.

However, to my surprise it seems he was right! That night, as I contemplated the endless line of yellow taxis on Sixth Avenue and tried to guess at the colour of that night’s Empire State Building lighting, I received a most unexpected email from the WASA President Kelvin Mather. I read it several times and then had others verify that I was not imagining what I was reading.   I had been voted “Wildlife Artist of the Year” – how amazing was that!!! Really the icing on the cake of a terrific year for me – having been selected for “Birds in Art” in the US (after several attempts I finally got there) winning the Clarice Beckett Art Award amongst others and then being selected as one of the artists to be featured in “Inspiration Wild: An Artistic celebration of Nature and Environment” the first publication of the newly established Wildlife Art Museum of Australia Foundation.

It is an honour and to be honest I can’t actually imagine where my career would have gone without the influence of WASA.  Being part of a group of like-minded creative people gives you faith in what you are doing – it most definitely has helped me define the subject matter that is most important to me and once I found that direction it has been the most pleasurable journey. How privileged I am to be able to combine my life-long love of nature, wild places and photography with my artistic endeavours.  Winning prizes is not of course what one sets out to do but when it happens the smile is very broad indeed, especially when it comes from one’s peers in the wildlife artist community.

21 Rill Court. Haddon  3351  Victoria, Australia
Email: vpe98041@bigpond.net.au
www.vidapearson.com

2013 WASA Artist of the Year   Janet Matthews

Janet Matthews - Aw, I Dont Wanna

Artwork “Aw, I don’t wanna!” Orangutan, pencil

 

It is an honour and privilege to be awarded Wildlife Artist of the Year. By drawing our wonderful animals and birds, capturing their personality and humour,  I inspire people to connect with nature.  If people can smile at a wildlife artwork, then they are more likely to respect and help protect the wildlife around them.  In this gentle and subtle way I hope to promote greater understanding and love of our natural world.

Coloured pencils and drawing have always been my passion.  I cannot imagine life without a pencil in my hand, and I just love beautiful drawings.”

 Janet’s individual style of combining coloured pencil and graphite and her attention to detail has been described as “weaving magic with pencil”.  She is inspired by nature, by the interaction of creatures to each other.  Drawing them in family groups, in pairs of ‘friends’ or in action or play, she captures their personality or “conversation” beautifully.  She reflects her own personality, humour, life experiences and feelings as well as her experiences of companionship and conversation between people.  Recent themes have included water, either showing both the above and the underwater world of ducks or birds with their reflections in puddles and water.

As a professional artist, Janet is sought after as a teacher, running specialised workshops in colour pencil all over Australia, as well as classes in Narre Warren, Victoria.  She has a knack for making learning fun, meditative and informative.  All levels of expertise are catered for.

Located Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Website  www.janetmatthews.com.au
Email    artyjanet@gmail.com

 

2012  Award    Kris Peter

Kris Peter Jan Juc Rockpool

In my chosen medium of watercolour there’s always something to learn and it’s usually a challenge.  Who would think that a bit of water, some paint and a brush  could provide so many possibilities.

My favourite subjects are birds and details of their feathers, as well as other ‘simple’ things from nature, such as leaves, shells, the bark of a tree trunk and the like.  These simple things often display an unexpected complexity, and it’s the detail of this that appeals and intrigues me.  The colours, texture, the deceptive subtle layering of tone and colour fusing — it all captures my imagination.  The works of Raymond Harris-Ching and Alan Rawady inspire me.

Since 2010 I have served on the WASA council as Exhibition Director and e-newsletter editor.  I am also a member of Victorian Artists Society and a Signatory member (fmr councillor) of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists.

Please visit Kris Peter’s website or her webpage on this site.

Artwork:  ’Jan Juc Rockpool’ watercolour

Located in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
www.krispeter.com      krispeter@optusnet.com.au

 

2011 Award  Patrick Hedges

WATY 2011 Patrick Hedges Old Man of Borneo

I was absolutely staggered when I heard I had won this award. The quality of art produced by previous winners speaks for itself and other art that I had seen at some of the society’s shows had me in awe, so this award is something I will treasure dearly and not take lightly. My art is dominated by wildlife and I usually work in scratchboard or pastels, trying to develop the unique style that I call my own.

I have maintained an active passion for conservation both for wildlife and the environment in general, since wildlife cannot exist without a healthy environment.  I seek out opportunities where my art can support conservation initiatives and have been fortunate enough to have had one of my exhibitions opened by Dr Jane Goodall, Dame of the British Empire and United Nations Messenger for Peace.

I know that what I do is a drop in the ocean, but I try. If each of us helps to conserve some natural corner of the globe, and if we try to inspire others to do the same, then the world will be a better place.

For more information please go to Patrick’s website or his member’s page on this site.

Artwork: ‘Old Man of Borneo’ scratchboard

Located in Adelaide, South Australia
 www.patrickhedges.com      patrickhedges@hotmail.com

2010 Award    Janet Matthews

WATY 2010 Janet Matthews Dance the two step, Lyrebird

Being awarded for my quiet, gentle and sensitive drawings is a huge honour and achievement.

I have chosen to work in graphite and colour pencil as I absolutely love the whole journey in pencil, from the sketching of the composition to the slow build up of layers of colour and detail.

Many of my works are very sensitive and delicate, yet powerful.  My subjects are the animals and birds, mostly Australian but the real subject is the conversation and interaction between the birds, reflecting our own lives and peculiarities.  I combine the graphite and colour pencil from both extremes, some with lots of colour and others predominantly greylead.  Water and reflections, and the underwater world of the birds has been a recent fascination.  Giving the interesting views of underwater with the platypus and ducks, a world many never experience, as well as the birds in flight, shares another new aspect on life around us.

Nature is such a magnificent inspiration and when partnered with the sensual and detailed medium of drawing is in my opinion, a perfect creation.

Janet is an experienced teacher, holding regular classes in her Narre Warren North Studio as well as workshops in Narre Warren North and throughout Australia.  She accepts commissions on request, all in her unique style using colour pencil and graphite.

Artwork:  ’Dance the Two Step, Lyrebird’ pencil

Located Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Email    artyjanet@gmail.com

2009 Award  Vida Pearson – also 2014 winner

2008 Award  Marion Chapman

During the 1980′s I helped when the Museum of Victoria collected marine specimens prior to the establishment of the Bunurong Marine reserve. Since then I have looked at the beauty, line, colour and texture of seaweeds through my eyes as an artist.  Living by the Victorian coast has enabled me to closely observe and appreciate these Australian native plants and where they live.

Inverloch 3996 Victoria Australia