Nadya Neklioudova – Australian wildlife artist
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I was born in Moscow, Russia, grew up in Atlantic Canada, and now my home is warm and sunny Brisbane. As a professional wildlife artist, I am an exhibiting member of the Queensland Wildlife Artists Society.
I grew up surrounded by rescued animals – from cats and dogs, to exotic creatures such as a pair of rescued Pangolins. My childhood dream was to become a Biologist like my mother, but my interest developed not just in the scientific study of nature, but in the artistic and creative side. I completed my studies focusing on illustration and photography at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University) in Canada, before moving to Australia.
I am passionate about wildlife from all corners of the world, and a percentage of all artworks and prints sold goes to wildlife conservation charities. (in particular, I support the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Wildlife Warriors wildlife hospital, and the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya)
I enjoy creating the intricate details of feathers and fur using watercolours, pen and ink, and sometimes scratchboard – resulting in delicate and detailed artworks. Painting from my own reference photographs allows me to study an animal from all angles, but also to portray the personality of an animal, their quirks and expressions. The unique fauna and flora of Australia constantly presents me with the joy of new creative challenges.