Capturing Nature - Wildlife Art

Photo credit: Adobe Stock

Photo credit: Adobe Stock

artGuidemag art blog has the pleasure of showcasing feature editorials from our own in-house visual arts publication artGuide.  In the January issue of artGuide we featured Wildlife Art while focusing on two amazing wildlife artists.

Near the village of Montignac in the Dordogne region in southwestern France lay one of humanities greatest historical and cultural treasures – the Lascaux Caves.  Within these complex cave systems, 17,300 years ago, Paleolithic man created some of the oldest and best preserved paintings of our history.  

The paintings created on the walls of Lascaux Caves depict images of animals as prehistoric man saw them.  Nearly 2000 paintings, many of them animals, cover the walls and ceilings of several cave rooms.  Anthropologists and art historians differ on the meanings and origins of the images, however one common theme arises – the need to depict in artistic fashion the animal kingdom.

This need to depict the animal kingdom continues today, not only with artists creating beautiful artworks of our animals friends, but also of our own patronage of these artworks and our fascination with the animal kingdom.

The lure of our animal friends, or as some would phrase it, animal cousins, feeds the creative processes’ of artists as we remain in awe and humility at their mighty power, yet graceful elegance.  Whether it is a beautiful painting of pelicans or an exquisitely framed whimsical photograph of a manatee, the constructs of Wildlife Art are an artistic constant. 

Wildlife Art pervades all mediums and genres of art.  Animals have been included in traditional pieces to Picasso’s cubist interpretations.  Our wonder with the animal kingdom will ensure Wildlife Art continues to grace canvases as artists seek to define and redefine our appreciation of Wildlife Art.  In the following pages we have featured some amazing wildlife artists and their work.  Enjoy!

Dianne Munkittrick,  Three in the Keys , 2016, oil on linen, 20” x 30”

Dianne Munkittrick, Three in the Keys, 2016, oil on linen, 20” x 30”

1. Dianne Munkittrick
Santee, SC

Dianne’s artwork reflects her love of nature and all things wild.
Light and color set the mood of her work as she endeavors to instill the awe and wonder that nature inspires into each piece.  Every artwork is an echo from an actual experience.  Dianne’s art describes the essence of the experience that inspired that piece.  “I’m not trying to capture the accurate details of a scene or animal; I’m trying to describe the essence or soul of the subject.”
Dianne’s early career was spent outdoors in the natural resource field doing everything from radio-tracking deer and elk to cooking and eating rattlesnake. All her past and present experience now finds expression through her artwork. Each little nuance in her art has a story to tell. 

Karen Wiles,  The Happy Manatee

Karen Wiles, The Happy Manatee

2. Karen Wiles
United States & Abroad


Karen Wiles’ images are like a wind blown breath of fresh air.  An enchantment where one wants to visit and then remain.  With over 25 Photography Awards, she has become known as the “Photographer With An Artist’s Eye!”  The World Class Omni, Orient Express and Belmond Hotels have been added to her long list of collectors who now display her award winning photography worldwide.

Although Wiles’ prefers not to specialize in one subject only, her love of nature and passion for wildlife is profound in her “one on one” wildlife images.

She loves to be up close and personal with each and every wildlife subject which allows her the ability to capture an animal’s almost human like expressions.  She has been recognized for having an uncanny ability to attract animals in a way that most would say, seem to “pose” for her.

Wiles of course knows this isn’t true, “They are only curious of her and the camera lens “eyeball” that captures their attention.   Then it takes a lot of patience for waiting on just the right moment and then to be quick enough to capture it when it presents itself.

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