Tanya Lock lives in Bradford on Avon, UK. Born in New Zealand where she grew up in a creative environment and her interest in natural history, particularly in birds started.
In 2012 Tanya was the Winner of the Frozen Plant section of the BBC Wildlife Artist 2012 (with her painting, ’Icy Swim’), Commended British birds section. In 2013, she has had further successes in winning the World Birds, and Animals in their Environment sections of the BBC Wildlife Artist of 2013, and runner up in Endangered Animals section, and twice commended in British Birds section.
This year 2014, she has not only got into the finals for the David Shepherd Wildlife artist of the year (second year running), but also her paintings will be on tour in the USA via the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in the Birds in Art 2014.
Tanya likes to paint the fine detail in paintings and often starts with the eye of the animal first. When it gets to the point that it feels as if it is watching her, then she knows she has it right, and she is compelled to bring the rest of it to life. By the end of the painting she feels a bond to this new found friend and finds it hard to part with. Her passion is to travel to see animals in their native environment – and she has travelled widely, but often finds what she really wants to
paint at the local river.