Bea Forshall                                 birds, beetles, moths, engravings

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Bea graduated with first class honours from Falmouth College of Art. In her last year there she began drypoint engraving, and this has become something of a passion. Inspired by a concern for endangered species, her charismatic portraits of wildlife, cannot fail to enchant us and remind us of the fragility of the natural world, of which we are the custodians.

“ I was born in South West France in 1992 where I spent most of my childhood.  In 2003 we moved to Catalonia and in 2005 back to Britain.  Ever since I was a child I have been interested in wildlife and my work mainly revolves around animals and conservation.  I find the natural world an infinite source of inspiration.

The world is undergoing the greatest mass extinction of species since that of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.  These extinctions are symptoms of a process in which we play a leading role and which will make the planet a less beautiful place and our life here less comfortable, at best.  We need to recognise that humans do not have overriding claims to the planet’s resources and that this small miracle in a vast, hostile universe should be shared.  Whatever the technological possibilities, it is necessary for our own survival and of those with whom we share the planet, that we consume less.  I hope that my illustrations of endangered species will help to reconcile people to this unappealing prospect and make them realise that we are all paying a far greater price than that which is printed on the label.”

Bea’s work has featured in an article in Resurgence magazine, by Germaine Greer entitled Ecological Feminism. Most recently she has illustrated a book – Orison for a Curlew, by Horatio Clare, about Europe’s rarest bird. link here

Recently shown at the bowie gallery in INKY FINGERS – exhibition of original artist’s prints, with Michael Honnor, Sarah Gillespie, an Alice Leach (2015)     Prices here are for framed works