Tim Hayward lives and works in Devon. He develops his paintings using field sketches, and studies from skins, taxidermy specimens, and his own photographs and reference collection. He paints mainly in watercolour and gouache on either stretched Arches paper or Illustration board. This allows a great degree of detail and depth, and is particularly suited to wildlife subjects
His most recent series of paintings have depicted subjects perched or standing on pedestals, metaphorically raising the status of the bird or animal to that of an object d’art in its own right. Whilst faithful accuracy to plumage or coat are vitally important, the poses are sometimes exaggerated or subtly contorted in the interests of creating a work that is both aesthetically interesting and occasionally whimsical.
Born in 1952, Tim grew up in the countryside and was fascinated by natural history and nature books and paintings for as long as he can remember. After four years studying Illustration and Design he initially worked as a studio artist and graphic designer in London (Mitchell Beazley) and Oxford (Oxford University Press).
He subsequently embarked on a career as a freelance wildlife illustrator, and over the next twenty-five years was commissioned by national and international publishers through his London-based agent. He contributed to many field guides and natural history part-works for most of the major publishers, mainly as a bird and habitat illustrator, but also flora and fauna, and periodically worked in California on a series of wildlife books for an American publisher.
Tim gave up illustration in 2000, and has since concentrated on painting full-time for exhibitions and commissions. He has to date held seven one-man shows at Jonathan Cooper, Park Walk Gallery, London, has undertaken many private commissions, and has exhibited in Bath, the CLA Game Fair, Nature in Art, Guernsey, New York, BADA, the Fine Art and Antiques Fair at Olympia and Masterpiece London. He painted the 2006 “Duck Stamp” for the Wildlife Habitat Trust, and his work also features on the publicity for the Game Conservancy Trust.