My name is Ian Longhurst. I've had a lifelong curiosity and appreciation of our native birdlife, and generally always felt grateful, even as a child, for all the wonderful, natural, wonderful things around us
While at school i used to keep and show canaries and native birds in captivity, breeding and studying their behaviour and drawing and painting it all whenever I could. I used to have a bucket beside my bed in the holidays with some orphan bird to hand rear, also using my canaries as foster mothers.
My parents were very supportave allowing me to keep and study hundreds of birds, so alongside this came my painting. Art was one of the few subjects I did well in at school. I had a very good art teacher, Miss Cairns, and everyone assuming art school was to be my future. However, I couldn't bare the thought of being locked away inside, not being able to hear and see the seasons. So i became a bricklayer, enjoyed many years annoying my workmates pointing to the sky and telling them that little dot is a Redpoll, or introducing them to the odd young thrush that I had handreared. Never had a complaint about that!
The painting restarted, on and off, but i knew my time would come one day, to do this properly. You need the right environment, the passion, of course, and the ability to put your emotions into the work. I don't believe in talent, just the urge to do the best you can, and the experience to produce mature work.
I am now ready to start sharing my work, a lifetime of memories. I use my own photography as a guide to accuracy, and try to create an atmosphere. I have a finished painting in my head before i start, although they often take their own course. I have used most mediums but enjoy gouache the most.
I hope you enjoy what you see and thank you for reading