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artworks by  John Threlfall SWLA

Born 1958 in Bolton.

Studied Geochemistry at Liverpool University.

Worked for British Geological Survey during the summers and as a ski instructor in the French Alps each winter.

Painting since 1990. Full time since 2002. Self taught.

Moved to Dumfries and Galloway in 1992.


The Swarovski/Birdwatch 'Bird Artist of the Year 2007'. Elected full member of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) in 2007. Award winner at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2011. Commended in the Bird Artist of the Year 2006 and the RSPB Art Award 2006.  Winner of the inaugural Birdscapes Gallery Award 2007.


Artist in residence at Nature In Art June 2007.

Participated in the Artists for Nature Foundation residency to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, India, March 2010.

Invited to join the Artists for Nature Foundation project to Sark, Channel Islands in May 2011.


Recent exhibitions include RSPB Scotland, Museum of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Society of Wildlife Artists Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London; Birdscapes Gallery, Norfolk; Scottish Ornithologists Club, Aberlady. Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge.


Commissions include the hide murals at Mersehead RSPB reserve, the visitor centre mural at Lochwinnoch RSPB reserve, commissioned paintings for RSPB Scotland and Birdlife International; mural and illustrations for the National Trust for Scotland; the bird illustrations at the Mull of Galloway visitor centre for Scottish Natural Heritage; illustrations and designs for interpretation boards and leaflets for Dumfries and Galloway Council and card designs for RSPB, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the World Wide Fund for Nature.


Publication of book 'Between the Tides' (Langford Press) Nov 2007.

Signed copies are for sale at McGill Duncan Gallery.

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