Daniel Cole SWLA

After leaving school and finishing a Foundation Course at Falmouth College of Art he went on to study at Blackpool Art College. This three year degree course – specializing in scientific illustration won him a three month travel prize.  Leaving in 1988, he decided to spend it in Brazil – his sole aim was to develop his skills and capture anatomically correct images of the indigenous birds.   Other  field trips field trips included Spain, India , Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia &  New Zealand.

He became a freelance illustrator in 1990’s working in the commercial sector in London.  Clients  include White & Mackay – the whisky manufacturers, Docklands Visitor Centre & Lloyds Bank. From 1997 – His work (published worldwide) includes encyclopaedias, children’s, books, magazines, posters, etc.  “Illustration is important to me, it taught me the discipline of accuracy of subject. My inspiration comes from my lifelong love of natural history, I am constantly sketching and painting and think it essential to draw from life – for me this is the only way to capture the movement and shapes of these creatures as they are rarely still, sketches made in the field and accumulated in my numerous books, are the starting point for all my work”.

In 1992/3  – a private commission a series of Game Fowl to be produced as limited edition lithographs.  He was awarded Bird Illustrator of the Year 2000 and the PJC Award for drawing by David Cook.  Exhibitions included Slimbridge – 2005.  He is a regular exhibitor at Mid Cornwall Galleries and the Pinkfoot Gallery in Norfolk.  In 2004 he became an associate member of the Mall Galleries,  London – where his work is shown annually with the SWLA. He was  elected a full member of the Society of Wild Life Artists in 2005.

Publications include Field Guides to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent(Helm), Birds of South East Asia(New Holland) and The Garden Bird Book in 2007 (New Holland), his illustrations are also to be found both in and on the cover of ‘Pheasants , Partridges and Grouse’ (Helm).

Work includes – Field Guides, Nestle, Lloyds White & Mackay – the whisky manufacturers,  1992/3 Private commission – Series of 10 Game Fowl paintings for Lithographic production for Chanticleer Fine Arts.