Darren wishes to run a courses throughout 2013. Please contact Hidden Norfolk 0n 01362668024 if you would like to learn the techniques of one of the finest wildlife artists in the UK. Email email@example.com
Darren Woodhead was born in West Yorkshire in 1971, but has lived in Scotland since 1996. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London.
All his work is produced outside on location and drawn directly in brush, there is rarely any pre-drawing. By working direct from life, he aims to retain the freshness and energy that working outside can give, often in extreme weather conditions.
Darren has worked extensively in Norfolk with much of his work capturing the diversity of wildlife in the county. His studies of the iconic Barn Owl can be seen at the offices of Hidden Norfolk.
Recently he published his second solo book ‘Up River, The Song of the Esk’ bringing together three years work from an appointed Artist in Residence position in the Scottish Borders. His first solo book ‘From Dawn Till Dusk’ published by Langford Press in autumn 2005 celebrated the wealth of natural history found along the forth as well as the Lammermuir Hills and the west coast.
He has recently won the prestigious Swarovski / Birdwatch magazine Artist of the Year which was awarded at The Mall Galleries, London. The winning painting ‘Lapwing Group’, is a centrepiece of the new publication. He was also a winner of this award in 1999. He is currently showing some India work at Waterston House.
He has exhibited and travelled widely and is a member of The Society of Wildlife Artists, having served on their council in 2006/2007. He has won many awards which have seen him invited onto expeditions with The Artists for Nature Foundation to India, Peru, Ecuador, Israel as well as Portugal and the Spanish Pyrenees. His work his held in many private collections, including recently a commission for the Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th birthday.
He has taught at Edinburgh College of Art, from 2001 and currently combines his painting with teaching at both George Watson’s College, Edinburgh and Loretto's School, Musselburgh. He has been a tutor on the Seabird Drawing Course held by John Busby in North Berwick since 2004.
Darren has kindly allowed Hidden Norfolk to use his work on the Hidden Norfolk website as it captures the vitality of the natural world.