I developed an abiding interest in Natural History at an early age, and was fascinated by everything from pondlife & reptiles to birds, which became my great love. While everyone else was reading "Biggles" at school I was reading Gerald Durrel. I was born in London in 1959, but I grew up in rural Northamptonshire. It was when my family moved to the country, that I was really able to indulge my passion for wildlife, wandering the local fields for hours on end.

As a boy I showed a flair for two things, horse riding and art. I sold my first painting at the age of fourteen. At school I was always in trouble for only ever painting birds and animals.

I did my Foundation Year at Banbury School of Art, and following that I gained a degree at Bristol. I was especially pleased to gain admission to Bristol, because it had the beautiful open parkland of Ashton Court behind the college. I was a keen falconer in my student days, and I used to fly my hawks there during the lunch break. I was also in trouble at college for only wanting to paint wildlife.

After I left college I was able to expand my interest in field sports, from falconry, to shooting, stalking and fly-fishing.

I have also enjoyed pursuing my interest in birds and wildlife further afield, from the Arctic Circle, through the Iberian peninsula to Southern Africa and especially my beloved Botswana where I now joint lead annual safaris.

I now live in one of the most beautiful parts of rural Cumbria, and have the priviledge of being able to watch a wonderful variety of wildlife from my studio including a small Black Grouse lek, and a family of Red Squirrels.

The following pages are the result of many happy and exciting experiences, and a fair bit of time in the studio.

For more details or information on original paintings, limited edition prints or commissions, please do not hesitate to contact me. You will find the relevant information on the "Contacts" page at the end of this site.

Hynam Shield, Castle Carrock, Carlisle, Cumbria CA8 9NF United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)1228 670752 Mobile: +44 (0)7717 363595 E-mail: ashley.boon@btopenworld.com
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