Many people are familiar with the remarkable journeys Pollyanna makes in order to study her more exotic subjects in their natural habitats, in some of the most remote parts of the world. Less well known are the many journeys she makes within the British Isles sketching and studying our own birds and mammals in the wild!
Pollyanna has travelled from rugged Devonshire Moorland to the spectacular and unrivalled landscapes of the Scottish Highlands with its seemingly endless forests, through the winding lanes of Suffolk in a traditional gypsy caravan, in search of hares, and searched for Red Squirrels in the Lake District.
For fifteen years Pollyanna ran a registered wildlife hospital, and has visited many other sanctuaries to sketch baby hedgehogs, badgers and otters.
In the far north of Scotland, she has sketch the Scottish Wildcat - although not much larger than a domestic cat this elusive animals is one of the most endangered species of cats in the entire world.
In fact Pollyanna regularly travels to the Highlands to sketch Scottish wildlife – including red squirrels, and pine martens – from the banks of Loch Ness to the Black isle. She has observed dolphins in the Moray Firth, and ospreys at Loch Garten. She also enjoys to paint Highland Cows – animals for whom every day is a bad hair day!
Other journeys have taken Pollyanna to the Isle of Skye, where she stayed in a cottage belonging to Virginia McKenna’s Born Free Foundation. This peaceful location overlooking a loch provided the ideal base for Pollyanna to sketch the wildlife including Golden eagles, Peregrines, seals and otters. Pollyanna was also invited by the Eileen Ban Trust to visit the small island on which Gavin Maxwell, author of Ring of Bright Water made his home. Here she was able to sketch in the Trust’s private otter hide.
Her Christmas exhibition held annually in her private gallery always features paintings of British wildlife and landscapes.
The Book A Brush with Wildlife tells the story of Pollyanna's wildife sanctuary, and some of her journeys through Britain.
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