Annual Charity Art Auction


Annual Charity Art Auction 2017

This year’s Art Auction raised £3700 a fantastic amount for us to go forward into next year, to help continue our work with school children to educate, inform and inspire them about rural life and its impact on their lives.

We’ve seen a huge uplift in our website and social media interactions with one Facebook post having 45 shares and over 5000 people viewing it. All great promotion for Countryside Learning and the donating artists.

A huge thanks to go everyone involved from the artists that donate to the framer who shows the art off to its best, the Shooting Gazette magazine that promote the auction and donors that simply donate to the auction appeal or purchase the art.

We look forward to being back in touch again in 2018!

Art Block Auction 2017

Bid for this year’s pictures on the following website. Please note, a reserve price has been placed on the pictures and if this is not reached you will be asked to bid again.

This year we have a fantastic collection of paintings and sculptures from some of Great Britain’s most highly regarded sporting artists available in the Countryside Learning 16th Annual Art Auction. Place the highest bid and any one of them could be yours, an item sure to take pride of place in your home.

Countryside Learning, now in its 31st year as a national registered charity (reg no: 327091), reaches up to 20,000 children with a programme of events and the members of its Farms for Schools programme reach a further 300,000 children. It organises visits for a single class or events where up to 4,000 inner city children get the chance, often for the first time, to experience the countryside surrounding where they live. They will learn about where their food comes from, how we effect our rural landscape and the nature it supports.

There are 14 lots in total (originals and prints) and all pictures will be individually framed to suit the picture.

To take a look at the auction lots or to place your bid visit

The auction closing date is Saturday 28th October at 4pm. You will be kept informed of the progress of the auction and if you are lucky enough to win we will contact you to arrange delivery at a mutually agreeable time.


Telephone Sandra 07973 676560 or Gary 07711 069092

Thank you for taking the time to visit our auction.

1. “October Evening” by Owen Williams.

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A beautiful watercolour original to grace any wall in your home. the picture measures 13″x 10″ and has been professionally framed.

Owen has been a fantastic supporter of Countryside Learning for many years. He has been a professional artist for over 30 years and his love of the countryside and its wonderful nature shines through in his paintings. His passion for painting sporting pictures come from a childhood of fishing and shooting, every expedition immersed him in a landscape full of flora and fauna which intrigued his young mind. Light, landscape, and their ever changing conjunction gave him an appreciation of atmosphere which today features in many of his watercolours.

Take a look at his website for more info on Owen:

2. “Roe Deer in Spring” by Alistair Makinson.

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A stunning, original oil on board. Size of image 16″ x 12″ This picture would grace any room in your house it has been beautifully and individually framed to enhance the picture in all it’s glory.

Alistair Makinson is a fantastic wildlife artist based in Lancashire who has supported Countryside Learning for many years. It was whilst recovering from a broken elbow that Alistair started to paint. His first few exhibitions were so well received by the public, that he decided to turn professional after only a year of painting.

The first few years were taken up by landscape painting, and trying to find his own niche and style. In 1996, after five years painting, Alistair started to concentrate on sporting paintings, finding them more challenging and more enjoyable. His major break came in 1997 when Malcolm Innes of Tryon Gallery saw some of Alistair’s work and invited him to exhibit some of his Scottish Salmon River scenes in a Christmas exhibition at his gallery in St. James’s London. H.R.H Princess Margaret attended the preview, and the following day a private viewing was arranged for H.M the Queen Mother.

Find out more about Alistair at

3.”A Wildfowler Setting Out His Decoys” – by Jonathan Yule.

3 Jonathan Yule -Wildfowler setting out decoys

A lovely watercolour that captures the moment as the wildfowler works watched on by his dog. Image size 11″ x 7″ and individually framed to enhance the art.

A professional painter for nearly 30 years, Jonathan is based in Norfolk and can be found many days in the surrounding woods capturing nature in watercolour and oils. A long time supporter of Countryside Learning and the work we do.

Find out more about him at

4.”Flying Woodcock” by Ben Hoskyns.

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A magnificent, original oil on paper, a study of a flying woodcock. Image size 13″ x 17″ beautifully framed.

Ben lives in Suffolk with his family where he paints all year round working towards exhibitions and commissions. His work shows a passion for and remarkable observation of wildlife. Learn more about Ben a founding member of Red Spot Artists and long time supporter of Countryside Learning.


5.”Approaching Fox” scraperboard by Keith Sykes.

5 Keith Sykes Fox Approaching

A stunning piece of art that will enhance any wall in your house. Image is 8″ x  10″ and is beautifully framed to suit the picture.

Largely self-taught, Keith’s early pictures were produced in both oil and watercolour, but for a number of years he has concentrated on the use of scraperboard. Although extremely time consuming, scraperboard is an ideal medium for depicting fur and feather. By using only black ink on a white background he relies purely on light and shade to capture the unique character of the animal or bird he is portraying.

Find out more about Keith at

6.”Moonlight on the Set” by John Davis.

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A striking original oil on board in John’s unique style. Image size 20″ x1 5″ and beautifully framed to enhance the picture.

John became a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists in 1987. He has illustrated many books and journals, including work for the RSPB and BBC Wildlife magazine.

Learn more about John at

7.”Sparrowhawk with Collared Dove” by Rodger McPhail.

7 Rodger McPhail 2017

Watercolour 10″ x 7″ beautifully framed to enhance the art. A unique opportunity to buy one of Rodger’s beautiful pieces of art and support Countryside Learning at the same time.

Rodger studied art at both Coventry and Liverpool Art Colleges, where he first met his wife Cecilia, and at only 16 was already being commissioned to draw illustrations for the Shooting Times. His second major break came when he was 20, from Aylmer Tryon of Tryon Gallery in London, the country’s leading sporting and wildlife gallery, who in 1973 asked him to exhibit some work. Life since then has been busy and he paints up to 60 pictures a year in different media and sizes and most are sold on preview nights, many unseen.

Find out more about Rodger at

8.”Ghost Barn Owl” by Jeremy Paul.

8 JP97 Ghost Barn-Owl 34x25cm

A fantastic print signed 122/395 Image size 9 1/2″ x 13″ framed to enhance the work.

Jeremy Paul has very kindly donated prints to our Annual Art Auction for the first time this year. Jeremy was BBC Wildlife Artist Of the Year – Catergory winner 2010, 2011, 2012.

Learn more about Jeremy at

9.”Lapwing chick” by Robert E Fuller.

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A signed print, number 18/850 size 6″ x 9″ framed in a lovely frame to enhance the picture.

Robert E Fuller is one of Britain’s foremost wildlife artists. His paintings sell all over the world and up to 7,000 people visit his own gallery in North Yorkshire each year.
A recognized authority on wildlife, Robert often appears on television and regularly writes about his wildlife subjects for the Yorkshire Post newspaper.

Learn more about Robert at

10.”November Days” by Jeremy Paul.

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Signed Print numbered 323/395 beautifully framed to enhance the art.

Jeremy Paul’s work is in the collection of ‘Nature in Art’, the International Centre for Wildlife Art Gloucester, UK, where he is part of their artist in residence programme.
He now lives with his wife and two children on the Isle of Man, where he has also received commissions from the Isle of Man Government and in 2002 was asked to put on a private exhibition for the visit to the Island of the King and Queen of Norway.

Learn more about Jeremy at

11.”Let loose” limited edition print by Annabel Pope.

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Taken from a mixed media original painting influenced by a trip to Kenya, Masai Mara. Now beautifully framed, print size 24″ x 16″.

Annabel lives and works from her studio in Battersea. Annabel’s passion for her subject matter is captured in her unique style and variety of mediums.

Learn more about Annabel at

12.”Bronze wren” by Andrew Glasby.

12 Andrew Glasby wren

Approximately 3″ in size.

Andrew lives in Peterborough with his family and shares a passion for sculpting birds with his late father Alan Glasby. Although interested in wildlife and art from an early age, it was not until 1988 that Alan decided to ‘have a go’ at carving and sculpture. With no formal artistic carving or sculptural training he developed his own carving style and methods, each piece displays its own unique presence and character. Alan’s final works are produced and patinated by Andrew as limited edition bronze.

Learn more about Andrew at

13.”Blind Retrieve” signed print by Catherine Ingleby.

13 Catherine Ingleby Labrador low res

Number 14/250 with a gorgeous frame to enhance the art. Print size 19″ x 15″

Catherine trained as an artist in both Paris and Florence accumulating a solid basis of draughtsmanship on which to base her now instantly recognisable style of dramatic light and movement. She is one of the foremost sporting artists in the UK, with works in many notable collections. She is represented by several galleries, and is consistently picked to show in prestigious juried exhibitions.

Learn more about Catherine at

14.”Autumn Light” -a signed print by Jeremy Paul.

14 JP42 Autumn LIght 37x25cm

Numbered 83/395 Print size 10″ x 15″ now beautifully framed.

Jeremy Paul is a completely self-taught artist he works in acrylics, developing the painting in many layers of paint with extensive use of underpainting and glazes to alter the tone and atmosphere of the work. His work has also been reproduced on a number of wildlife art postage stamps. A book of his bird paintings was produced in 2007.

Learn more about Jeremy at

To take a look at the auction lots or to place your bid visit

The auction closing date is Saturday 28th October at 4pm. You will be kept informed of the progress of the auction and if you are lucky enough to win we will contact you to arrange delivery at a mutually agreeable time.


Telephone Sandra 07973 676560 or Gary 07711 069092

Thank you for taking the time to visit our auction.