Leo du Feu

Website: http://www.leodufeu.co.uk&www.landscapeartnaturebirds.blogspot.co.uk

Email: leo@leodufeu.co.uk

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short-eared owl sketches, Dunbar, pen & pencil in sketchbook, 14.5x41cm

ship haze, watercolour, 14.5x21cm

Isle of May evening, ink & wash, 25x30cm

Pilgrim's Haven, Isle of May, watercolour, 34x15.5cm

near Girvan, a view to the hills, acrylic, 10x14.5cm

sketch spot, Bridge of Orchy, West Highland Lines


Statement

The natural world is my focus. Landscape and nature drive me artistically and personally. I work outdoors as much as possible - it's the best way to really see a landscape. I love the drama of Scotland; its mountains, its coastlines, its changing weather. I love the mystery and romance of its castles and islands. I love its wildlife. I hope my work inspires others to discover and appreciate the landscapes and nature of Scotland. Understanding brings appreciation and is the only way we can hope to protect and assist the wonderful variety of nature that we're lucky enough to still have here.

Biography

Painter Leo du Feu was born, brought up and art-colleged in Scotland. He graduated in Drawing & Painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 2006 and has received grants and travel awards from The Bet Low Trust, The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW), and the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL).

The natural world is Leo's focus. Landscape and nature is what inspires him and he spends as much time as possible in the outdoors. He is a keen birdwatcher and supporter of conservation, volunteering periodically for the RSPB and undertaking regular bird counts for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

Mostly Leo's work is from life, often created out of doors, often painted in watercolour. Acrylic paintings are worked on at home in his studio in Burntisland on the Fife coast or sometimes overlooking his father's productive and wildlife filled garden in Linlithgow. Leo's mother Susan Smith is a painter printmaker and SSA member – www.susanmcsmith.com

ScotRail provide invaluable support to Leo's ongoing project to explore and encourage others to explore Scotland by Rail. He has also been supported by SYHA Hostelling Scotland, Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative and Far from the Madding Crowd bookshop in Linlithgow.

Leo tutors and runs workshops for local authorities, for individuals, and for private and public groups. He regularly provides workshops for Scottish charity Art in Healthcare, including at the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh and at St Crispin's School for children with autism and severe learning difficulties. He also sits on Art in Healthcare's Art Collection Committee. Leo's largest public commission to date comprises four 4-metre paintings on permanent display at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh.

Leo has two books published - Sketches from Canada and a large coffee-table book Landscapes and Birds of Scotland: an Artist's View. Landscapes and Birds of Scotland is published by Jeremy Mills Publishers under their Northern Arts Imprint.

Leo gives talks about his books and his art and nature travels. He has spoken among others to the Linlithgow Book Festival, Blackwell's Bookshop, the Saltire Society, the Friends of the RSA, the Scottish Arts Club and the University of the Third Age.

Leo's explorations of Scotland can be followed on his blog - www.landscapeartnaturebirds.blogspot.com

CV

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