Vivien Walters is a West Country animal artist. Her work in oil, pastel and charcoal is noted for its ability to capture the character of her subjects, and to give a sense of their movement and the interaction between animals in a group.
An exhibitor and award winner at national wildlife and animal art exhibitions, Vivien has regularly undertaken commissions for clients throughout the UK, Europe, the United States and Asia. Together with the more usual cats, dogs, horses and cows are slightly more exotic animals such as a wolf and a tame cheetah.
Vivien says, "I am also inspired by the effects of light falling on a subject – I love the moods and atmosphere created by sunlight especially during late afternoon when the colours are warm and soft and the light suddenly catches an animal's coat and makes it glow. I’m particularly fond of painting otters which are native to the West Country. To me, otters have a lot in common with cats, another of my painting passions - they form attractive curving shapes whether they are swimming or at rest, and they have masses of whiskers which give them an appealing and inquisitive look".
Vivien lives on the Somerset/Dorset border, an area abounding with wildlife. Having models on the doorstep means she can regularly study their antics and is always working out new images. Her visitors include foxes, deer, squirrels and badgers plus the odd pheasant, and nearby is a reservoir with many varieties of wild ducks, egrets, geese and swans which can look stunning against the sparkling blue water.
Vivien’s awards include:
National Exhibition of Wildlife Art 2015 and 2016 – David Cook Drawing Award
Association of Animal Artists Exhibition 2016 – Category Award winner
Southern Nature Art Exhibition 2018 – winner of public vot