About Toni

A little about me…


Toni Watts Wildlife Artist

I used to be a doctor. I spent 21 years working happily in the British NHS with some great colleagues…and then resigned so that I could do what I love doing best – painting.

Which is, of course, a completely mad thing to do.

That was ten years ago, although I’d been painting and selling work for a decade before that.

I’ve now sold work throughout the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and America. I was delighted to win the Art and Industry award for ‘Best Depiction of the Living World’ in 2014 and to be a finalist in David Shepherd’s international search for a ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’ in 2012. I am doing a fair amount of teaching (which I love!) and I’ve written  chapters on painting wildlife in two books, with step-by-step instructions, for an American publisher.

But getting out in the great outdoors, recording what I see in paint, and introducing others to our beautiful natural world, is still the best thing in the world.


Toni Watts – CV


Selected Exhibitions:

  • Fine Art Trade Guild – Guild Artists Exhibition 2014
  • Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers 2012, 2013 Mall Galleries, London; catalogue.
  • British Birdwatching Fair 2005 – 2013
  • David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012 Mall Galleries, London and Shalford, Surrey.
  • Lincolnshire Open Studios 2005 – 2014
  • Society of Women Artists 2005 – 2009 Mall Galleries, London; catalogue.



  • ‘How to Paint Wildlife in Acrylic’ in The Art of Painting in Acrylic (Minnesota: Walter Foster Publishing) 2014
  • Wild Animals: Trace Line Art Onto Paper or Canvas, and Color or Paint Your Own Masterpieces (Minnesota: Walter Foster Publishing) 2015
  • ‘Using Acrylic’ in The Art of Painting Animals (Minnesota: Walter Foster Publishing) 2015



  • Fine Art Trade Guild
  • Association of Animal Artists



  • Art and Framing Industry award  – Fine Art Trade Guild ‘Best Depiction of the Living World’ 2014
  • Finalist David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012
  • Christopher Parsons Award for Artistic Excellence 2005
  • Best Bird Painting – Wildscape Wildlife Artist of the Year 2004


Recent Education, Qualifications:

  • ‘Simply Oils’ with Martin Kinnear, April 2014
  • Making a traditional gesso panel with David Cranswick, March 2014
  • Prince’s School of Traditional Arts February 2014 The Flemish Technique with David Cranswick.
  • Prince’s School of Traditional Arts Janauary 2014 The Alchemy of Paint: The Transformation of Earth, Rocks, Roots and Berries into Pigments with David Cranswick.
  • Society of Scribes and Illuminators course commenced November 2013
  • Prince’s School of Traditional Arts 2013 Art of the Arabesque with Amber Khokar
  • Calligraphy tuition with Janet Smith 2012 – 2013
  • Prince’s School of Traditional Arts 2012 Advanced Medieval Manuscript Illumination
  • Prince’s School of Traditional Arts 2011 Medieval Manuscript Illumination
  • Prince’s School of Traditional Arts 2011 Indian Miniature Painting
  • Podere Siliano Alto, Italy 2010 Icon Painting workshop


  • Open University M.A. Art History – current
  • Open University 2012 B.A. Hons. (First Class) Humanities with Art History and Classical Studies
  • Royal College of General Practitioners 1988 MRCGP
  • University of Leicester 1984 MBChB