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RICHARD ALLEN - Leader

After graduating in 1987 Richard became a freelance illustrator working mainly for advertising, publishing, packaging and newspapers. However his work gradually drifted towards his main interest of birds and wildlife especially after winning “British Birds – Bird Illustrator of the year” in 1993. Moving to Essex in 1988 and more recently to Wivenhoe, the bird rich estuaries and marshes of the Essex coast have provided an endless source of inspiration and fuelled his passion for birdwatching and field-sketching. He enjoys working directly from nature, trying to capture the life and vitality of wild birds, and the patterns of plumage, light, water and foliage.

This essential field experience has proved invaluable when working on paintings in the studio or when illustrating bird identification guides. Publications include, “Concise Birds of the Western Palearctic”(Oxford University Press), “The Handbook of Birds of the World” (Lynx Editions), “A Field Guide to the Birds of South East Asia”(New Holland) and the solely illustrated “Sunbirds and Flowerpeckers”(Bloomsbury). Such work has led him on exciting trips to China, USA, Southern Asia, Senegal and many parts of Europe where he has birdwatched and filled many sketchbooks with observations of wildlife and landscape.