Wildlife artist and teacher nominated for top award

Isobel Buckley, wildlife artist from Milton Keynes.
Isobel Buckley, wildlife artist from Milton Keynes.

A wildlife artist and teacher from Milton Keynes has been nominated for a top award.

Isobel Buckley has been short-listed for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition at London’s Mall Galleries, running from June 30 until July 4.

In The Still of the Morning, art by Isobel Buckley of Milton Keynes.

In The Still of the Morning, art by Isobel Buckley of Milton Keynes.

She will be displaying her work and vying for the top £10,000 prize.

Isobel, who works at Kents Hill School, said: “Being a teacher, I have a love of learning and I like to challenge myself to try new things. A few years ago, I discovered coloured pencils and through books and joining the UK Coloured Pencil Society (UKCPS) I have developed my skills. While I enjoy using a variety of mediums, they have fast become my favourite medium to work in, as they allow me to build up layers to create the depth and detail I like to achieve.

“When not teaching, I like to spend my time sketching and photographing animals of all shapes and sizes. My particular passion though is cats, and a lot of my big cat work has been inspired from visits to the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent.”

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Sleeping Lion by Milton Keynes artist Isobel Buckley

Sleeping Lion by Milton Keynes artist Isobel Buckley

On The Lookout by Milton Keynes artist Isobel Buckley

On The Lookout by Milton Keynes artist Isobel Buckley

Peter Rabbit by Milton Keynes artist Isobel Buckley

Peter Rabbit by Milton Keynes artist Isobel Buckley