Bristol based animal artist Hazel Mountford graduated in theatre design from Wimbledon School of Art, after which she worked for a number of years as a props maker, scenographer and muralist. Her paintings have appeared in numerous publications including the RA Magazine, Art of England and Artists and Illustrators Magazine. Hazel has had numerous solo shows across the UK and regularly exhibits in major art fairs in London, Brussels, New York, Toronto, Singapore and Hong Kong. In 2009 she won the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year- British Mammals and in 2016 was shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year.
Hazel creates highly detailed paintings, presented on simple or minimal backgrounds, which strive to capture a sense of quiet beauty, allowing the viewer time to pause and reconnect with nature. Living and working in an urban environment has shaped and influenced her practice. Hazel’s main focus is the ongoing competition for space between an ever-expanding human population and their animal neighbours, an evolving intricate jigsaw. She is fascinated by the meeting point between these two worlds, examining the cross connections.