I was extremely pleased with the way that the three prints I submitted had pulled together as a set. The idea came to me whilst furiously sketching a male Stonechat who was busy flitting between the heads of a crop of reedmace from a hide at Rutland Water in the autumn of 2014.
The day was crisp and bright and I thought back to my sketch book the previous year and the studies I had done of a Whinchat and Wheatear that had also been full of endeavour and more than a little reluctant to stay still for longer than a few hasty strokes of the pencil. But there was definitely life in those pencil lines and I resolved to pair up front and side profiles of my subjects and capture them in lino in their respective environments.
Needless to say I am delighted that the judges picked out my resulting efforts for this accolade.
Richard Jarvis Wildlife Artist