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Long acknowledged as the country’s premier wildlife pencil artist, Gary Hodges has fostered a love of nature since childhood. Born in Surrey in 1954, he enjoyed photographing the local flora and fauna from an early age, and his talent for art soon developed from his ability to understand and interpret the natural world. Since then his horizons have broadened and he now draws rare and endangered species from all over the world.

In the course of his distinguished career, Gary has won a variety of awards including the Fine Art Trade Guild’s Best Selling Artist of the Year award and the John Solomon Trophy (twice). Over 100 of his drawings have been reproduced as eminently collectable limited edition prints: most of these have sold out within a few weeks of their release, and on the secondary market they are commanding prices of up to £2,500.

Gary’s overwhelming popularity has provided him with a platform from which to promote the conservation issues which are close to his heart. The many organisations who have benefited from his support include The Environmental Investigation Agency and The Born Free Foundation who shared £90,000 raised by one of Gary’s sell-out one man exhibitions.

For the last seven years, Gary has held the prestigious position of Artist in Residence at the internationally renowned Nature in Art Museum in Gloucestershire and his work can also be found in the homes of a number of celebrity collectors including Martin Clunes, David Gower, Jilly Goolden, Sally Gunnell, Rula Lenska, Virginia McKenna and Jenny Seagrove.

"The inspiration for all my drawings stems from the simple fact that I love drawing and I love wildlife".