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Bea Forshall

Bea (engravings) 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. She was artist in residence at the Attenborough Centre, and is currently working on a book of her superb illustrations of wildlife. A percentage of her sales goes towards frontline conservation projects.

“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. I hope that my illustrations of endangered species will help to reconcile people to this unappealing prospect and encourage the realisation that we are all paying a far greater price than we could.”