The Artist - Lyn Wells M.Phil (RCA).
I have always been passionate about animals. I remember as a child, mithering my mother for a pet until finally....my first hamster!! 'Hammy' lived to a ripe old age (for a hamster!) and was the first of many animals that I loved and, of course, ultimately lost.
I was also passionate about art and spent many hours drawing both real and imaginary animals (Cocky-olly Birds were a big favourite!). After leaving school I spent a few years working with horses both in the UK and in Germany, then worked in a printing co-operative in Manchester. I finally went back to 'school', studying Scientific (Natural History) Illustration at Blackpool and the Fylde College. I went on to graduate with a Master of Philosophy degree (M.Phil) in Natural History Illustration and Ecological Studies from the prestigious Royal College of Art (RCA) in London. My research looked at the role of natural history illustration in the study of animal behaviour and involved fieldwork in Cuba and Orkney - two such hugely different places but both fascinating and inspiring in their own ways. It allowed me to combine scientific study with art and it has been an amazing experience. I exhibited at the Royal College of Art Centennial Degree Show in 1996, winning the Daler Rowney Award for Natural History Illustration.
I have lived in the Highlands for over 20 years and am still amazed by its stunning landscapes. I share my life here with my husband (David) and two dogs. We live near the Sutherland village of Pittentrail, fifty miles north of the city of Inverness.