Steph' Thorpe. Bird Artist and Illustrator

Painting the waifs and strays of the avian world that visit the UK

The Artist.

Steph' Thorpe is an artist living in Derbyshire in the English Midlands and has been painting for as long as she can remember!
Her painting of bird reflects her interest in birdwatching which also started at an early age, and has developed into an obsession! She has been interested in seeing as many British birds species as possible, and having caught up with all the breeding species she moved on to trying to see those that are rare and unusual in the British Isles. After a long wait 2010 finally saw her reach the magic 500 species seen in the United Kingdom with the Syke's Warbler in Northumberland.
After showing her sketch books around the birding community she found people liked the idea of owning a page of her sketchbook drawings, however as these are the reference points for the later artwork she refused to sell the pages, however in response the A4 page of finished sketch type artwork are available for commission.
Another side of her work is black and white pen and ink illustration, examples of which have been reproduced in Birding World and British Birds magazines and are in included the new Birds of Wiltshire book. Through a British Birds illustrating competition she had work in their exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London for several years.

She is particularly interested in the identification of birds and the magic of migration. These lead her to spend countless hours either at her local patches (Ogston and Carsington Reservoirs in Derbyshire) or travelling throughout Britain. She can often be found at Ogston on freezing cold winter evenings wrestling with the identification of the countless gulls species that roost there!

The Work

The paintings are mainly done in watercolour and pencil. Using for reference the sketches and field experience of the actual birds, if this is not available she will work from photograph's, skins etc. But there is nothing to compare to actual experience of the living bird.



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Field Sketches

These field sketches are used in the production of the finished art work, along with photo's etc.....

Head over to the Field Sketch pages to see the latest work in the sketch book, and some blasts from the past!
These are the field sketches from the Dusky Thrush in Margate. They were used to produce the finished work above.

To The Paintings!

Head over to the gallery in the navigation headings to see examples of Steph's work...Please note these are very low quality copies to discourage any downloading etc!
Steph' hopes you will enjoy looking through these. More will be added as time goes on!

Other Hobbies

Please feel free to visit Steph's other sites detailing one of her other hobbies...a garden railway! This is an extension of her interest in gardening and of the artwork (but in 3D and outdoors!).


Steph's other interests mostly involve wildlife, she runs fairly regular moth trap sessions in the garden and is busy trying to photograph all the UK's dragonflies and butterflies (almost there but most are on 35mm slide so now she is going round again with digital!