Wildlife artists' exhibition is one for nature lovers
After working together on various wildlife projects for 25 years WMN's Nature Watch writer Trevor Beer, and friend and colleague Endymion Beer are collaborating on a joint art exhibition.
From November 5, 2013, to January 6, 2014, they will be exhibiting their work at Ilfracombe's Landmark Theatre as "The Artist & The Illustrator" based on their Westcountry wildlife observations.
Endymion has illustrated several books of her own as well as some of Trevor's. She also has a regular family series in Exmoor Magazine based on the adventures of "Uncle Willow", their dog, who wanders the countryside exploring various habitats season by season.
Endymion illustrates this popular feature in pen and wash and examples of her work will be on show at the exhibition. She is also National Youth Officer for the British Naturalist's Association (BNA), encouraging young people to care for wildlife via "Nature Tables" and suggested wildlife projects which are on the BNAs regularly updated website.
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A few years ago she became the first ever recipient of the Richard Fitter Memorial Medal, an honour given by the BNA to an outstanding field naturalist in recognition of their ongoing contribution to nature conservation. She also has a Foundation Degree in Art Illustration and gives illustrated talks to various organisations using her own photography and art work. With Trevor Beer she has also led many guided walks in North Devon and on Exmoor over the years and says the experience has helped greatly with her illustrations and writing.
Her several books include A Celebration of the Fauna and Flora of the Bible, fully colour illustrated with her own artwork, and Down Ferny Lane, a delightful tale of fairies and wildlife for young at heart of all ages, illustrated with black and white line drawings. Endymion also runs Naturama a sole provider small business, producing her own greetings cards, bookmarks and such for sale. See her website www.naturama. co.uk – a busy lady!
Trevor is well known to WMN readers. He has written Nature Watch for over 20 years as well as several books based on wildlife. He received an MBE for his work for the environment and journalism in the 2002 Queen's Birthday Honours List. He has had numerous exhibitions of his art work since the 1970s, preferring to work with pens, in black and white these days, though he is a keen watercolourist working in great detail. He also won the David Bellamy Award for Nature Conservation and says to be out of doors in the countryside, noting, sketching and photographing wildlife is a way of life.
He has given scores of talks and led hundreds of guided walks but these days prefers to "ramble at his own pace and do a bit of gate leaning".
Trevor's books include Old Red, The Story of a Devon Fox; Down Memory Lane: Tarka Country Revisited; The Beast of Exmoor; Five Owls and, of course, Volumes 1, 2 and 3 of Nature Watch.
He and Endymion have jointly written several wildlife field guides, including the new Wildflowers of Dartmoor, as pocket tourist guides, all of which have gone into re-prints.