Pollyanna Pickering

Pollyanna is recognised as one of Europe's foremost wildlife artists. She is the most published fine artist in the UK, and her original paintings hang in corporate and private collections throughout the world from Australia to Siberia. She is honorary patron of The Wildlife Art Society International, and a signature member of the Artists for Conservation Foundation and the Society of Feline Artists. A familiar face in the media, the latest documentary about her work Made in England was broadcast on BBC1 April 2008.

Pollyanna studied at the London Central school of Art. In 2008 she was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Derby in recognition of her work in Art and Conservation.

Her original paintings have been exhibited to critical acclaim in top galleries throughout the UK and Europe, including the Royal Academy. Pollyanna's work will be familiar to most people through her extensive range of published work. Her limited edition and fine art prints, books, ranges of greeting and Christmas cards and gift ware are sold throughout the UK and exported into over eighty countries world-wide.

Pollyanna designs exclusively for Harrods, and has painted limited edition collectors plates for Royal Doulton and Wedgwood. American publishers Browntrout publish several fine art calendars featuring her work annually, which sell internationally. She has painted first day covers for the Royal Mail and several series of postage stamps for the African countries of the Republic of Benin and the Congo. She is however most pleased when her work can be used to support causes close to her heart, and work has been commissioned and published by every major animal charity in the UK, including WWF, the RSPB, and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Many International charities have also commissioned work including the RSPCA (Hong Kong) and Second Sight, the American Guide Dogs association.

For fifteen years Pollyanna ran a registered hospital for birds of prey from her home. Caring mainly for injured and orphaned raptors, she also rehabilitated foxes, hedgehogs, squirrels and other mammals, all of which feature in her work. This close contact with the creatures in her care is reflected in the realism and vitality of her work.

Pollyanna's determination to paint only animals which she has observed in their natural habitats has lead her into a remarkable and unique series of journeys into some of the most inhospitable areas of the globe. Her expeditions to study threatened species have taken her across five continents, to the deserts of North America.She has painted in the rain forests of Central America, and the forests of Transylvania. The award-winning book 'Giant Pandas and Sleeping Dragons' was inspired by her travels in the Tibetan Borderlands of China in search of the giant panda, while On Top of the World tells of her expeditions into the High Arctic to paint polar wildlife. Her most recent book The Eye of the Tiger tells of her journeys into the jungles of India to paint tigers. She is accompanied on her journeys by her daughter and business parter Anna-Louise who also writes the text and contributes the photography to the books. Pollyanna's skills as an artist, and her journeys into remote, inhospitable and often dangerous areas of the world attract much media attention. An acclaimed public speaker, she has also become a familiar face in the national press, and on television and radio. In 2004 she was voted Speaker of the year.

The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation raises funds for world-wide conservation, animal welfare and disaster relief. Pollyanna continues in her support of other charities. She acts as patron of several organisations including The Badger Trust, Raptor Rescue, Naturewatch, the Gamelea Countryside Training Trust, and FABLE who raise funds for epilepsy sufferers. Pollyanna is a trustee of the Irish African/Asian Conservation Trust, and has accepted the post of International Vice President of Bill Jordan's Wildlife Defence Fund. Within her local community she acted as Honorary president of the North Derbyshire RSPCA for 15 years, and is a member of the Court of the University of Derby.

Pollyanna continues to receive awards and accolades for her paintings, including the Silver Palette Trophy and the Millennium Trophy bestowed by the Wildlife Art Society International who have also awarded her two Gold Medals. In 2004 she was awarded a coveted first prize in the Wildlife Artist of the Year Awards, and in 2007 won the first National Wildscape Masterclass Challenge. In 2006 the Artists for Conservation Foundation honoured her with their prestigeous Conservation Artist Award.

However in recent years she has also been recognised for her remarkable accomplishments in both business and conservation. She was a finalist in the 2000 Business Woman of the Year Awards, and has been awarded the Freedom of Bolsover and District in recognition of her charitable work in the area. In 2003 her name appeared in a list of the ten Greatest East Midlanders as voted for by the public, the same year in which she received a commendation for her work in Arts and Media at theEuropean Women of Achievment Awards. In 2004 she was the winner of the Hera award at at the prestigious NatWest everywoman Awards which celebrate the achievements of women in business. In 2006 she was awarded the Department of Trade and Investment's Women in Business Achievement Award. In 2007 she receieved one of the first Excellence in the Community from Derbyshire County Council, in recpgnition of her ‘outstanding personal achievement’ which has helped to put Derbyshire on the map. She is currently shotlisted for a 'Women in Public Life' award, as voted by Britih parliamenterians - the winner will be announced in March 2009.

In 2005 The International Fund for Animal Welfare named her Animal Conservation Fund-raiser of the Year, honouring her with an award at a special presentation at the House of Lords.

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About Pollyanna Pickering

Pollyanna is acclaimed as one of Europe's foremost wildlife artists. The most published artist in the UK, her work sells in over eighty countries world-wide. She is patron of The Wildlife Art Society International, and Derby University recently awarded her an honorary degree in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the arts. A familiar face on TV, the most recent documentary about her work ‘Made in England’ was broadcast on BBC1 in 2008.