Darren Woodhead MA(RCA) SWLA

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 are watercolours, produced outside on location and drawn directly in brush. By working direct from life, he aims to retain the freshness and energy that working outside gives, and revels in working in often extreme weather conditions.

His work is held in many private collections, including recently a commission for the Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th birthday. He won the prestigious Swarovski / Birdwatch magazine Artist of the Year in 2009, 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.

Elected a member of The Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) in 2000, Darren has served on its council and has been an active member of many of the SWLA’s projects, including the New Forest (2001) and Aig on Oir (2004/2005). He has won many awards which have seen him invited onto expeditions and projects with The Artists for Nature Foundation to the Spanish Pyrenees (2001), Portuguese Algarve (2002), Peru and Ecuador (2003), Great Fen (2004/2005) Israel (2010) and Sark (2011).

He lectures nationally and 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. He featured on the BBC Scotland Programme Landward in October 2010, as well as broadcasted on BBC Radio Scotland as part of his Artist in Residence position.

Darren currently resides with his wife Pascale and three small sons Corin, Keelan and Aiden in Haddington, and was invited by Simon King to feature on his new venture, the Wildlife Whisperer website.

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