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    Tanya Lock is a double winner in the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2013, and second place in another section. Tanya entered 7 paintings into the competition which had over 1400 global entries. All of her paintings made it to the finals, in only 120 paintings that were picked in total.

    Results for Tanya in the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2013…
    • Win – ‘Animal in their environment’. Painting: The Homemaker
    • Win – ‘World Birds’. Painting: Turaco Tree tops
    • Second – ‘Endangered Species.’ Painting: Here today, gone tomorrow.
    • Commended – ‘British Birds’. Painting: Last Tear on Hungry Hill
    • Commended – ‘British Birds’. Painting: Day before the flood

    Results for Tanya in the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2012 
    ( with 5 paintings accepted to the finals)

    • Win - 'Frozen Planet' section. Painting: Icy Swim.
    • Commended -'Animals in their Environment' section. Painting: Gone Fishing.

    Tanya Lock was born in New Zealand, where her interest in natural history, particularly in birds started. She grew up in a artist's house where she was able to consistently observe original art work of well known artist Raymond Harris Ching, and was thrilled when the artist offered to teach her how to paint with oils.

    She has now gained a lot of experience in painting various animals but painting birds in water is her favourite.

    Tanya has a eye for detail and this is seen in her oil paintings, which are very fine. The details on the features of the animals or natural environments are exactly as the natural eye sees them, and a great deal of effort is taken to get these exactly right. Sometimes she paints the background slightly are blurred, to help the focus to fall on the animal, and at other times she paints in every bit speak of dusk or sand.

    'I love to concentrate on the fine detail in a painting and often start by painting the eye of the animal first. If I can get this correct then I feel as if it's watching me while I bring the rest of it to life. By the end of the painting I really feel close to the animal/bird that I have painted and find it hard to part with this new friend. I try to convey the detail in the animal and the abstract in the background to bring out the detail'.

    Her paintings have been exhibited in various exhibitions including the Mall Gallery London, The Royal West of England Academy 2011. Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge 2013. Wildlife and Sporting Art exhibition 2013, at Jerram Gallery, Sherborne, UK. Bath Artists' exhibition 2011, and 2012. Autumn Exhibition, As well as The Barn Owl Gallery, Bradford-on-Avon