Hello, my name is Emma Swift and I am a UK artist working predominantly in oils. I have always been fascinated and excited by the natural world, and I love the challenge of capturing its beauty. Over the past few years I have worked with several wildlife charities using my art to help raise money for vital conservation projects around the world.
I love to combine vivid colours with bold brush strokes, alongside more intricate detail. I enjoy researching my subject so I can be accurate with detail, however my work is not traditionally photorealistic, but more painterly, colourful and inquisitive. Colour just seems to work its way into unexpected places! I am hugely inspired by the natural world and the charities and people who strive to protect it. I have been honoured to work with several conservation charities, helping to raise money through the sales of my work, and this continues to motivate me.
Whilst much of my focus is on wildlife, I also have the same passion for animals at home, fully appreciating the enormously positive impact that these creatures can have on our lives. I feel very honoured when asked to undertake a pet portrait commission, and it’s always my aim to capture the real character of a precious pet.
For commissions I work primarily in oil paint on canvas.
Please use the form to contact me with any queries, requests or commissions. Please ensure that you include your own email address or contact details, and I will reply as soon as I can.
I look forward to hearing from you!
FINALIST – DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2023 Awards
DSWF’s 2023 competition received an incredible 1,432 entries from over 760 artists across 61 countries. Each piece was judged anonymously, based on its originality, narrative and technical skill, winners were announced at the finalists’ exhibition held at the Mall Galleries, London. I was thrilled that my painting, ‘The Boss’ was selected as a finalist. Huge thanks to all the buyers who supported this event. The direct profit raised from this year’s competition and exhibition goes to support vital conservation work across Africa and Asia to combat wildlife crime and protect endangered species.
WINNER – Animal Behaviour Category – DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2022
DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year Awards 2022
I am so honoured that DSWF has awarded my painting ‘Striding On’, WINNER of the Animal Behaviour Category in this year’s competition. This competition is often referred to as the ‘Oscars of international wildlife art’ and this year, attracted 1654 entries from 55 countries. I am pleased to report that my painting promptly sold with 50% going to support DSWF and the amazing work they do supporting vital conservation projects.
FINALIST – DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021 Awards
HIGHLY COMMENDED – Hitchhikers; Mumbai Flights; Keeping Up Appearances
With 2000+ entries into the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021, I was over the moon to have 3 artworks shortlisted. It’s a real honour to support this great conservation charity for a second year in a row. Two of my paintings were sold, with huge thanks to the buyers who supported this event. The direct profit raised from this year’s competition and exhibition was over £90,000 which goes to support vital conservation work across Africa and Asia to combat wildlife crime and protect endangered species.
Winner – Sketch for Survival Wildlife 100 Artist of the Year 2020
Explorers Against Extinction
So honoured that my Orangutan painting, ‘Wise Man of the Forest’ was selected as the winner of the 2020 ‘SFS Introducing Wildlife 100 Artist of the Year’. ‘Sketch for Survival’ is a global art initiative, organised by ‘Explorers Against Extinction’ for which artists donate a piece of work, to be auctioned in order to raise funds for nominated conservation projects around the world. Pleased to report that my orangutan raised £600 on auction night and the 2020 event total was an amazing £57,000!
FINALIST – Strength
HIGHLY COMMENDED – Caught You Looking
I am delighted that my artworks, ‘Caught you looking’ (Langur Monkey), and ‘Strength’ were shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year 2020 exhibition.
I was so honoured to be part of this prestigious event. So pleased that both my paintings were promptly sold, with huge thanks to the buyers who supported this event.