About

About Me

2001
29/09/2001

2001

 I went straight to college after school where I completed a BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design Intermediate course, duration 1 year, passing the course with a distinction. I enjoyed the course but it wasn't the type of art that I wanted to pursue, I was looking for more Fine Art, but sadly there wasn't any available at that time so I pursued art myself.
I taught myself as a hobby whilst working as a sales assistant to earn some money to help with my art and the materials I needed, but with the hours I ended up working, it didn't give me enough time that I wanted or needed to spend on my artwork/venture.
I went professional in 2001; I have always loved drawing from a very young age. I was a very young girl with a huge passion/love for all wildlife, birdlife, nature and the outdoors. Animals especially inspiring me, I was drawing instead of colouring in colourings books, drawing my toy animals and any animal images. Even from an early age I wanted to help animals as I was looking to be a vet when I was older. So for me its quite a special thing that I now have the opportunity to give back to what has and continues to give me through my art.
So 2001 is when my journey as a professional self-taught artist begun specialising in Wildlife/Animal Fine Art, taking on commissions such as any wildlife/animals, nature and pet portraits. Many of my artworks are hanging in different countries around the world.
2004
29/05/2004
2006
29/01/2006

2006

Here I'm at Nature in Art, where I was presented with my crystal award, 'The Christopher Parson Award for Artistic Excellence 2006'. David Attenborough was down for being the presenter, sadly he didn't come, was gutted I must admit.
This competition was run by TWASI (The Wildlife Art Society) and was a 4 picture competition; the guidelines were for each original to depict its category given but baring in mind that what we chose for each piece that they had to have an overall theme in which they all shared which had to chose ourself.
I chose 'Endangered Species' as the over all theme. So all the animals I drew in each category was an endangered species, which included, Tigers 'Affectionate', Sri-Lankan Leopard 'Out of the shadows', Rainforest landscape and a Tapir (both the rainforest and Tapir photo reference with permission to use was kindly even to me by a friend, Max).
I was thrilled to have won this awesome competition as it was a great challenge! Also loved that I could raise awareness of the endangered species through this competition too!
2007
29/01/2007

2007

I was lucky to have all 3 of my pictures accepted into NEWA (National Exhibition of Wildlife Art) exhibition and received 'Highly Commended' on each one as well, I was delighted!
The 3 were as follows; 'Great Grey Owl' (photo on timeline), an original pastel drawing, in which I found out after that one of the judges thought that I had drawn a mean eye! A chimpanzee I had drawn in pastel entitled 'Watchful' and 'We all here?' an acrylic painting of a female mallard with quite a few ducklings.
29/03/2007

Bavaria 2007

29/10/2007
2008
29/01/2008

2008

2008 was the first year of the start of the prestigious WAY competition/exhibition run by DSWF (David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation), so to be short-listed was amazing! 50% of all sales goes directly to helping save endangered species.
'Asiatic Monarch' was short-listed and hung with the other short-listers in the Mall Galleries, London.
I was over whelmed with the amount of incredible feedback I received for my lion and I was lucky to have met the lovely proud new owners of my picture during the preview evening.
Since then, I still enter when I can and it now attracts and receives so many entrants from worldly artists from all walks of life to be a part of this.
There are prints available of 'Asiatic Monarch'.
2009
01/01/2009

2009

2009 was the first year that the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year competition was launched! This competition was run by MIWAS (Marwell International Wildlife Art Exhibition) alongside the BBC Wildlife Magazine.
There was 14 categories/winners and one overall winner. The winning category winners were then on show during MIWAS exhibition.
I entered two originals; receiving BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year finalist and runner-up in its category 2009, BBC WAOTY Short-listed 2009 and BBC WAOTY category winner 2009.
'Contemplate' an orangutang I entered into the 'Endangered Species' was short-listed and went on to win its category.
'Contemplate' was also published on front cover of the MIWAS exhibition catalogue for the 2009 show.
'Magnificent!' was a finalist and came runner-up in 'World Mammals' category.
29/08/2009

2009

My artwork is published in the BBC Wildlife Magazine August 2009, Volume 27, Number 9.
The first year of the competition with the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2009 spread, the winners, including 'Endangered Species' category winner 'Contemplate' framed on page 60, was so amazing seeing this article in the BBC Wildlife magazine, especially as I love the magazine and get copies of it in general!
Also pretty incredible for all 14 of us, as we all got a bit of an insight from what the judges thought. For those of you who didn't get chance to read this article, the judges said; "Thought provoking and brilliantly executed, this picture poignantly emphasises the close evolutionary link between man and primate". and funnily enough this is why I chose this image to draw of mine, as was so human as we can empathise to this pose and expression.
2010
01/01/2010

2010

'Little Beauty' won the 'Llewellyn Alexander Award 2010 (as to the certificate) for an outstanding feline painting entitled 'Little Beauty' drawn in pastel'.
This drawing was one of my drawings entered into SOFA (Society of Feline Artists) exhibition held in the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London,
Short-listed for WAY 2010 - My two original pastel drawings got short-listed;
'Cautious Drink' original pastel drawing short-listed for WAY 2010 (in photo behind myself hanging on the wall, taken during the preview evening). This original sold during the preview evening.
WAY is run by DSWF (David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation) and held at the Mall Galleries, London, where these both were hung.
'Regal' an original pastel drawing of an asiatic lioness, short-listed for WAY 2010.
With much delight 'Regal' also received 'Highly Commended' during the preview evening.
WAY is run by DSWF (David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation) and held at the Mall Galleries, London, where these both were hung.
'BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2010 title winner with 'Tigers at Play'' an original pastel drawing of a father tiger playing with he's son. I took the photo reference I used to create this.
'Tigers at Play' was short-listed and won its category 'Endangered Species...then it went on to win the overall competition! Was over-whelmed and so excited as the prize was to go to Nepal. Nepal was an beautiful country, an incredible adventure and very memorable, to read more please go to 'Natalie's Adventures'
'BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2010 finalist and came runner-up in 'Animals in their Environment' category' with my original pastel drawing entitled 'Chui' which is Swahili for African Leopard. The photo reference I used to create this I took in Kenya 2007, our first ever safari.
    
29/03/2010

Tanzania Safari – March 2010

Tanzania Safari - March 2010 with the acclaimed Daryl and Sharna Balfour. To read more follow link to 'Natalie's Adventures'
22/07/2010

22nd July 2010

Featured on the front cover of the Yellow Advertiser! Titled Award for Rayleigh Artist
29/08/2010

2010 – August

Here I am being presented my award by Chris Bream, for winning the overall competition title 'BBC wildlife Artist of the Year 2010 for 'Tigers at Play'' during the preview of MIWAS exhibition. All category winners were all on display throughout the exhibition.
29/10/2010

2010 – October

Here I am standing by 'Tigers at Play'. As part of winning the overall competition, 'Tigers at Play' had a place hanging at the Mall Galleries during SWLA exhibition, August 2010.
29/11/2010

November 2010

Artist in Conservation partner with Snow Leopard Trust - I very proud to announce from today I am an artist in conservation partner to the Snow Leopard Trust, they do amazing work and the Snow Leopards/Snow Cats really need our help!
With every sale of 'Prowl' I pledge to donate 10% to Snow Leopard Trust.
29/11/2010

2010 – November

My Artwork has been published on the front cover of a touching book written by Angela Patmore entitled 'Doggerel: the moving memoirs of rescue dogs and their second lives, in poetry and pose'.
The foreword is written by Joanna Lumley and Annette Crosby OBE, who I had the pleasure of meeting during the book signing and launch at Discover Dogs held in Earls Court Saturday 13th November.
If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy please do contact myself. Proceeds are going to great charities in the UK for both cats and dogs.
The front cover, is one of a 13 head portrait I completed for a client and they are all dogs that they have rescued. The one used for the front cover is named Bracken, lurcher. I was lucky enough to have met all 13 of them, 'The Hilling Hounds'. Their owners have such love for them, such admiration and dedication. They said they would rescue every one of them if they could!
2011
01/01/2011

2011

'Peaceful Moment' was Short-listed for WAY 2011. WAY is run by DSWF (David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation) and held at the Mall Galleries, London, where this piece was hung.
This original pastel drawing sold during the preview evening.
'Generations' was Short-listed for WAY 2011. WAY is run by DSWF (David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation) and held at the Mall Galleries, London, where this piece was hung.
This original pastel drawing sold during the preview evening.
With much delight, I found out after the exhibition that 'Generations' had received the 'People's Choice Award'. For me its pretty cool finding out that the majority had voted for my drawing as their favourite, it meant a lot!
'BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2011 Finalist with 'Stunning (Puma)''. This competition was run by MIWAS alongside the BBC Wildlife Magazine.
'Stunning (Puma)' is an original pastel drawing of a puma. The photo reference I used to create this I took myself.
05/05/2011

5th May 2011

Featured on page 3 in Out and About inside the Echo.
12/05/2011

12th May 2011

I raffled 3 of my prints; 'Prowl', 'Pose' and 'Studying' during my solo exhibition and raised £111-00 for the Snow Leopard Trust!
Thank you to everyone who came along and to those who took part of the raffle, all that money went to an amazing cause!
I donated another 4 prints which I posted along with the cheque for £110-00. I received a thank you letter back from the Snow Leopard Trust, they were really happy we chose to raise money for their charity and for our continued support.
29/06/2011

June 2011

£300-00 Cheque presented to the Wildlife Trust; proceeds from my solo exhibition donated to 'The Essex Wildlife Trust', they were delighted!
29/07/2011

July 2011

Featured in the Artists and Illustrators magazine. They kindly asked if they could write an article on me and my art.
It was a lovely write up on page 4 of the August issue.
29/11/2011

Nepal Safari Nov/Dec 2011

Nov/Dec 2011 with Wildlife Worldwide. To read more follow link to 'Natalie's Adventures'
2012
29/03/2012

Big Cat Safari in the Mara – March 2012

March 2012 with the acclaimed Daryl and Sharna Balfour. To read more follow link to 'Natalie's Adventures'
29/05/2012

2012

'Elegance in the Mara' Short-listed for WAY 2012 competition/exhibition and will be hung among the other short-listers at the Mall Galleries, London. This exhibition/competition is run by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation where 50% of all sales goes to helping save endangered species and is held at the Mall Galleries, London.
This painting of a cheetah I drew in pastel and the photo reference I took myself whilst on safari in the Mara.
'The Future' was a finalist in WAY 2012 and was selected for 'The Folder' of artworks, not hung but in a folder throughout the exhibition and online.
This is an original pastel drawing of 3 snow leopard cubs in which I created from a mixture of my own photo reference.
I created the background to make it look like in the wild, cubs in the Himalayas and as they are endangered species I though was apt to title this 'The Future'.
Limited edition giclee prints available to purchase.
'Presence' was a finalist in WAY 2012 and was selected for 'The Folder' of artworks. Not hung but in the folder on show throughout the exhibition and online.
This is an original pastel drawing of a African Lion. I created this from my own photo reference.
29/06/2012

June 2012

£225-00 Cheque (plus gift aid) presented to the Wildlife Trust; proceeds from my solo exhibition donated to 'The Essex Wildlife Trust', they were delighted! Thank you to all of those who made this possible.
29/07/2012

2012 – June

Here, Artist Pollyanna Pickering is presenting me with my 'Simon Combes Award' for the Best African Picture, during the preview of TWASI exhibition. 
It was quite an honour receiving this award being in the name of an amazing international wildlife artist Simon Combes, UK born but his love of Africa, many life stories whilst out there, he was well known for his paintings of african wildlife and dedication to conservation, residing most of his life in Kenya. Many different art societies/organisations have created awards in his honour.
The award is a beautiful hand carved Rhino.
I draw a portrait of an African Wild dog, also known as the Painted dog or hunting dog, in pastel titled 'A Touch of Tanzania'. The picture I drew from my own photo reference in which I took whilst in Tanzania months prior to this exhibition. 
We were so lucky to around 20 of them with wild basil in the background which made great background reference as well. 
29/07/2012

July 2012

I found out with much delight that my original pastel drawing entitled 'Vigilance over the Mara' has been selected for the Virtual Gallery exhibition with AFC (Artists for Conservation group).
"vigilance over the Mara' is an original pastel drawing which I created from my own photo reference in which I took during the Big Cat Safari in 2010. To read more about this adventure please click on 'Natalie's Adventures.
My image has been published in their prestigious hard back book. To read more.
I have been accepted as one of the 500 Signature Artists a couple of years back which also entitles me to use their initials after my name, very cool.
Limited edition giclee prints available to purchase.
29/08/2012

August 2012

A fantastic feature in 'Your Cat' magazine, September issue. Thank you to whom organised, wrote and laid this out as it done us all proud, amazing feature and advert for the Society of Feline Artists!
14/10/2012

October 2012

On the 14th October 2012, both my mum, Marian and I done our fundraiser. We both created a fundraiser, doing a Tandem Skydive for charity as we wanted to do something for wildlife!
It was incredible as always! We both paid for the skydives out of my own money as we don't believe in raising money to pay for the experience, we wanted all the money to go towards the charity.
I chose the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) and my mum, Marian chose David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
I chose to do a fundraiser and the orang-utans to help raise awareness to their plight. As I was up high, I felt was perfect as they are high up in the trees too with quite a view and they are at risk so I thought was great choice of experience, jumping out of a plane at 12,000 feet high! The orangutans are such wonderful creatures that are being shot so that they can clear the trees ready for the palms for palm oil, and their babies are taken and sold for pets, absolutely heart breaking and the images around even more so, just breaks my heart! The images including both of the mothers either burnt or shot, scared babies and the devastation of the once lush rainforest to a dry baron land ready for the palm oil trade which is having such a destructive affect on so many things including the global warming. Their faces, their expressive eyes and that look just sticks in my head! Palm oil is in so many products, its quite shocking to see as surely there are alternatives but comes down to money. A huge thank you to all of you who supported both my mum and I, much appreciated. My total was £733-00 amazing thank you.
Hopefully the page is still up so you can have a look, please click on the following link to see the Just Giving page; https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fallingforOrangutans-NatalieMascall-Skydive
2013
10/03/2013

March 2013

'Warming...' was a finalist in WAY 2014 and was selected for 'The Folder' of artworks, not hung but in a folder throughout the exhibition and online.
This is an original pastel drawing of an Amur Tiger warming in the sun in which I created from my own photo reference. This picture received lots of amazing feedback!
01/06/2013

June 2013

£450-00 Cheque (plus gift aid) presented to the Wildlife Trust; proceeds from my solo exhibition donated to 'The Essex Wildlife Trust', they were delighted! Thank you to all of those who made this possible.
10/07/2013

July 2013

This original pastel drawing entitled 'Panthera Tigris' I drew especially for DSWF; I donated this piece to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation for their auction and it raised a whopping £3500-00!!!
I was blown away and overjoyed for DSWF and that would be gift aided too, incredible amount raised to help save wildlife, was an amazing feeling!
This year it was held at the beautiful Coworth Park and the event was called 'Indian Summer' so my picture really fitted in.
The place was beautifully themed, the sun was shining and as always a fabulous memorable evening, always very touching with the talks and videos they show you to raise awareness of what is going on and what they are doing to help save these wonderful endangered species.
2014
10/08/2014

August 2014

I finally submitted my art to apply for full membership of SOFA (Society of Feline Artists), as I have been exhibiting with them since 2004 so I took the plunge and with much delight I received a letter from them saying I have been accepted as a full member of the Society of Feline Artists and I can put the initials SOFA after my name, very cool!
10/10/2014

October 2014

This original pastel drawing entitled 'Panthera Leo' I drew especially for DSWF; I donated this piece to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation for their auction at one of their events and it raised an amazing £1800-00 (plus gift aid) towards helping save endangered species! Amazing feeling and another wonderful inspiring and touching event at the Dorchester, this time celebrating their 30th Anniversary in style with a memorable black tie do for wildlife.
I organised my own table this year and was lucky to get a photograph of us all! Also the magic man collared me lol!!
        
2015
10/03/2015

March 2015

'Precious' has been Short-listed for WAY 2015 and will be hung at the Mall Galleries. This original I drew in pastel and I created this from my own photo reference.
Always incredible being a part of this prestigious exhibition/competition. WAY is run by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, 50% of all sales goes to helping save endangered species.
All short-listers get to have their work hung at the Mall Galleries, London.
10/06/2015

June 2015

I had an amazing write up in the yellow advertiser regarding Artist from Rayleigh being short-listed for a £10,000 prize with my original pastel drawing 'Precious'!
The funny thing was that the photographer who came to take photos for this article was the same guy who took a pic of me with 'Tigers at Play' winning picture and he recognised me and we worked it out to be exactly 5 years ago!
10/07/2015

July 2015

'Precious' won 'People's Choice Award' during WAY 2015. Thank you to all those who voted for my picture, it means a lot as an awesome award to receive and it is an amazing feeling to find out that the public majority voted for my picture.
10/10/2015

October 2015

A limited edition giclee print of 'Vigilance over the Mara' I donated to the DSWF for their charity auction 'Wildlife Ball' event and raised an amazing £450-00 to help save endangered species!
I organised my own table again which was held at the Dorchester, another touching and inspiring evening, plenty of tears both sad and happy, especially when the incredible vocals from the lady who sang with Brian May, especially when they sung Born Free, it was quite something! I think it got the whole room choked up!
This year they raised an astonishing £158,000!!!! Amazing what that money will do for wildlife! It is inspiring and quite something seeing the passion of everyone like minded coming together to help save wildlife, a privilege being a part of it.
       
2016
10/08/2016
10/11/2016

November 2016

I donated A2 size limited edition no.5 to the DSWF for their charity auction event for helping save endangered species/wildlife and this print raised an amazing £600-00!!! (Plus gift aid) Awesome! Thank you to all those who bid.
2017
10/02/2017
10/04/2017

April 2017

Two of my original pastel drawings are finalists in WAY 2017 and have been selected for 'The Folder' of artworks, which will be on display throughout the exhibition within the Mall Gallery but not hanging, but both available to purchase online and from the folder. WAY is run by DSWF (David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation) 50% from all sales goes to help saving endangered species. All short-listed artworks are hung in the Mall Galleries, London. The two are as follows; 'Laptailurus serval'(Latin name for serval) also known as the tierboskat and found in Africa. Servals have the longest legs of any cat relative to its body size. Hence why they are incredible jumpers! The second picture is 'Female Alouatta caraya' (Latin for the black howler monkey) The black howler monkeys are a species of howler monkey, a large New World monkey from northeastern Argentina, eastern Bolivia, eastern and southern Brazil and Paraguay. Only the adult male is black; adult females and juveniles of both genders are overall whitish to yellowish-buff. Although variations occur among the adult males as some have patches of reddish brown or buff fur. Named for their vocalisations, they may be heard most often around sunrise. This 'Dawn Chorus' sounds much like roaring than howling and this call announces the howlers position as a means to avoiding conflict with other groups. The call can be heard up to 5 km away!   
29/05/2017

2010 – May/June

I donated 2 prints that raised £610-00 for the BBC Wildlife Fund; In May/June 2010 I donated 2 of my prints to an auction fundraiser for wildlife that was on the BBC called Wild Night in.
My work even got a shout out and was a lovely surprise when my name scrolled across the screen, but what was amazing about this is, is that they both raised a staggering £610!! Always a pleasure to give back to the wildlife!
I heard about the BBC Wildlife Fund whilst watching Springwatch (awesome programme) and I wanted to help so I contacted them saying that I would like to donated a couple of my prints, giving them the details and I was delighted when they got back to me saying they would love to accept my donations.
The 2 prints included 'Thoughtful Moment', a limited edition giclee print of a western lowland gorilla I drew in Pastel and an open edition giclee print of my BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2009 category winning image of orang-utan with hand on head entitled 'Contemplate', the original was drawn in pastel as well.
I thought was quite apt as the fundraising auction was on the BBC.
Both of these prints are available to purchase.
My artwork is published in the BBC Wildlife Magazine August 2010, Volume 28, Number 8.
The second year of the competition with the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2010 spread, the winners and starting off with 'Tigers at Play' on page 64, was so amazing seeing this is the magazine!
Also pretty incredible for all 12 of us as we all got a bit of an insight from what the judges thought. For those of you who didn't get chance to read this article, the judges said; "With the wild tiger population in real danger of extinction, this irresistible picture immediately struck a chord with the judges. The brilliant depicted mother Amur tiger playing with her cub seems to strike a blow at the destructive forces waged against their kind".
29/05/2017

April 2017

Two of my original pastel drawings are finalists in WAY 2017 and have been selected for 'The Folder' of artworks, which will be on display throughout the exhibition within the Mall Gallery but not hanging, but both available to purchase online and from the folder. WAY is run by DSWF (David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation) 50% from all sales goes to help saving endangered species. All short-listed artworks are hung in the Mall Galleries, London. The two are as follows; '' (Latin name for serval) also known as the tierboskat and found in Africa. Servals have the longest legs of any cat relative to its body size. Hence why they are incredible jumpers! The second picture is 'Female Alouatta caraya' (Latin for the black howler monkey) The black howler monkeys are a species of howler monkey, a large New World monkey from northeastern Argentina, eastern Bolivia, eastern and southern Brazil and Paraguay. Only the adult male is black; adult females and juveniles of both genders are overall whitish to yellowish-buff. Although variations occur among the adult males as some have patches of reddish brown or buff fur. Named for their vocalisations, they may be heard most often around sunrise. This 'Dawn Chorus' sounds much like roaring than howling and this call announces the howlers position as a means to avoiding conflict with other groups. The call can be heard up to 5 km away!
29/05/2017

May 2017

'Female Alouatta caraya' was invited to be included and hung in the North Gallery of the Mall Galleries, London as part of the 'DSWF Collection' which is alongside the WAY 2017 exhibition but not part of the competition.
I was delighted to be invited to be a part of the DSWF Collection!
10/07/2017

May 2017

'Female Alouatta caraya' was invited to be included and hung in the North Gallery of the Mall Galleries, London as part of the 'DSWF Collection' which is alongside the WAY 2017 exhibition but not part of the competition.
I was delighted to be invited to be a part of the DSWF Collection!