Completing my MA in Children’s Book Illustration in 2008, I worked as an illustrator for many years including for major publishing houses in the UK, US and Europe. Then during lockdown, I decided to indulge my passion for drawing and painting the natural world full time. Inspired by Japanese art and Victorian illustrators, I paint the animals that inspire me, exploring the detail of their feathers, fur and scales, and the plants, skies and water of their natural environment. Unashamedly decorative, my pieces feature the rich hues of pigment heavy watercolour paint and the luxury of 24 carat gold and platinum leaf. I live in Norfolk and divide my time between animals I see locally, and exotic creatures from further afield.
All work is copyright protected.
Francis Iles is a member of the Own Art Scheme (backed by Arts Council England), offering a 0% finance option for our UK customers, for many of the artworks we sell. Find out more