Artist Research – Dafila Scott

Another artist I came across on the Ghost of Gone Birds site is zoologist-turned-artist Dafila Scott. Her pieces are predominantly focussed on her field of animals and the environment from around the world:

“[My work] includes both figurative wildlife paintings and abstract landscapes inspired by visits to Wales, the Kalahari and Antarctica. However, I’m equally happy to gain inspiration at home in the garden or on the surrounding fenland.”¹

Her grandfather, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, was an explorer in the Royal Navy who made important historical expeditions to the South Pole; many of Dafila’s pieces from the Antarctic were made during a tour on the HMS SCOTT to mark the anniversary of the Captain’s last expedition.

Though her style is not necessarily to my liking, I was drawn to her pieces, especially [below], as the limited but vibrant colour palette gives the animals a stylised new lease of life on the page. Soft pastels is not a media I have yet used, as I don’t like the way it smudges so easily, however after seeing this rough textural method of application I will definitely try this out.

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1 Scott, D. (no date) Dafila Scott: Artist. Available at: http://www.dafilascott.co.uk/ (Accessed: 13 January 2016).

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