Founder and Judge; Roy Chaffin
1986 Roy Chaffin gave up a successful commercial career to devote all his
time to becoming a full time wildlife artist.
new profession nearly came to an untimely end before it began. His back
was broken in two places in a car crash in Switzerland. His recovery was
due to good fortune, the skill of the Swiss doctors and his own dogged
at his easel Roy soon built an international reputation for detailed and
often dramatic paintings of wildlife, mostly mammals. He has a particular
love of the great cats and has become well known to the public at large as
"that man who paints tigers".
early work was entirely photographic in its accuracy, but gradually
developed in style to combine startling realism with a personal
interpretation of the world around us.
man shows of his work have been staged world-wide, from the Fine Art
Centre in San Francisco, USA, to the local Watford Museum. Joint
exhibitions include shows at the Mall Galleries, Westminster Gallery,
Lamont Gallery and Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in London, at St. Albans
Abbey, Gloucester Cathedral and by invitation at Hatfield House. His work
was also included in the "Whaletail" exhibition in South Africa.
works primarily in acrylic on stretched canvas, but undertakes commissions
and teaches in all media including oils, watercolour, oil pastels, soft
pastels, and pencil.
legacy of his earlier business career is a strong interest in computers
and all things electronic. He is entirely comfortable with computer
graphics and developing the public's interest in computer fine art. He is
an experienced and competent broadcaster.
Roy has become well known to the general public on the merit of his work,
he has also built a reputation with artists for his popular painting
weekends, demonstrations and seminars. Artists working in all media and
interested in all manner of subjects find his particular brand of teaching
helpful, and have discovered that he is able to pinpoint their problems
and (better still) offer solutions!
claims that it is a "lazy streak" that leads him to find the
"easy solution" to many artists' problems, but those who know
him would dispute this. He is always prepared to work hard and long at
achieving the targets he sets himself. He also devotes a lot of time and
energy to the many national voluntary and charitable organisations
connected with the arts, or with animals and conservation, which he
supports. Locally he is currently Chairman of the Watford
Forum and President
the Hertfordshire Visual Arts Forum and the Watford and Bushey Art
devised PAWS to heighten awareness of conservation issues amongst Artists
and to encourage them to tackle wildlife subjects, The competition also
provides encouragement to amateur wildlife artists of all ages in Europe
and the Americas as well as in Britain
1999 he was nominated as a 'Creative Briton' in the awards event sponsored
by the Prudential.
& Newton have been major sponsors of PAWS for the whole of its very
successful decade and in 2000 they wanted to make a very special occasion of the
10th Anniversary evening. They had decided to present Roy with a
Limited Millennium Edition of their Silver Plated Artist's
Giddens, UK Marketing Director of Winsor and Newton, made the presentation.
The award from Winsor and Newton was "In recognition of Roy's total commitment, abundant enthusiasm, professional competence and above all, the time and energy given to PAWS over the last ten years since its creation".
recall with delight that for the first time in our history Roy was
speechless! In his letter of
thanks to Paul he said "Thank goodness you made your announcement at
the end of the proceedings as otherwise the prize-winners might have had to
go home empty-handed!"
in the year 2000 the prize-giving evening belonged to Roy as well as to our
many talented winners. The presentation was a fitting tribute to the man who
has made the annual PAWS event one of the highlights in the calendar of
wildlife artists, and who will now guide its future.
Roy's hobbies include clay-pigeon shooting and he also spends leisure time writing flight simulator software for Microsoft's Flight simulator. - recreating real aircraft so accurately on a computer, that "real pilots" use it for training and practise. His recent work in this area, which has won a number of International Awards has been published world-wide on the internet, and on CD, the total proceeds of which he has given to charity. To date there are in excess of three quarters of a million users of this software worldwide, making it the most popular package of it's type.
he is not playing with aeroplanes, real or virtual, Roy seeks the company
of the animals he loves - in his own back yard or travelling round the
world to observe them. He tries to convince everyone that this is 'work',
rather than a 'hobby' but it is the part of the job of being a wildlife
artist that he enjoys most.
A visit with fellow professional wildlife artist Robert Bateman in British Columbia, whose work he has admired for many years, heightened his enthusiasms still further, for painting, for teaching and for conservation.
Indeed, Canada is a favourite destination for Roy. In 2003 he took a week driving across the Rockies in search of subject material for paintings. He saw grizzly and black bear, moose, elk, mountain goats and much else besides. Over the next couple of years it seems likely that his canvasses will reflect not only this diversity of wildlife but also his love of that particular part of the world.
To contact PAWS:-
:- PAWS, 10 Nascot Wood Road, Watford, Herts. WD17 4RS, UK
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