Pip McGarry is a self-taught professional wildlife artist with an international reputation. He has been the ‘Artist-in-Residence’ at Marwell Zoological Park in Hampshire since 1998 and is the founder and Chairman of Marwell International Wildlife Art Society, currently the largest wildlife art society in Europe.
For a number of years Pip has led an annual camping safari for artists and photographers into the remote game reserves of Northern Botswana. His September 2007 trip took a group of nineteen adventurers to explore the Kalahari and Okavango Delta. Pip has also travelled extensively and has lived both in Central America and the Far East. He conducts regular field research trips abroad in order to study the wildlife and habitat in Eastern and Southern Africa.
Over twenty of Pip’s pictures have been successfully sold at Christies International auctions, with a painting of a cheetah cub fetching a record price of almost £29,000 in May 2008. Many of his paintings have been published as limited edition prints by major fine art companies and he has recently joined the famous UK publisher, Sally Mitchell Fine Art Ltd.
There is a Pip McGarry art teaching film that he filmed and presented on location at Marwell Zoological Park. It is an hour long instructional painting video and DVD for Teaching Art Ltd, the largest producer of tutorial videos in the UK.
In 2004, Pip was filmed on location in Kenya and at Marwell Zoological Park by Meridian Television for the highly successful television series, ‘A Brush With The Wild’. The programme was presented by Anneka Rice and featured Pip McGarry teaching celebrities such as Christine Hamilton, Jenny Éclair, Lesley Joseph and Nerys Hughes how to paint wildlife. Pip’s monthly series ‘How To Paint Wildlife’ can currently be read in the BBC Wildlife magazine. Pip McGarry is a member of the UK Fine Art Trade Guild and an elected member of the prestigious ‘Society of Animal Artists’ in New York, USA.