Darren Woodhead was born in West Yorkshire in 1971, but has lived in Scotland since 1996. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London. All his work are watercolours, produced outside on location and drawn directly in brush. By working direct from life, he aims to retain the freshness and energy that working outside gives, and revels in working in often extreme weather conditions.
Recently he published his second solo book 'Up River, The Song of the Esk' bringing together three years work from an appointed Artist in Residence position in the Scottish Borders. His first solo book 'From Dawn Till Dusk' published by Langford Press in autumn 2005 celebrated the wealth of natural history found along the forth as well as the Lammermuir Hills and the west coast. His paintings and drawings also feature in Drawing Birds by John Busby (2004).
His work is held in many private collections, including recently a commission for the Duke of Edinburgh's 90th birthday. He won the prestigious Swarovski / Birdwatch magazine Artist of the Year in 2009 which was awarded at The Mall Galleries, London. The winning painting 'Lapwing Group', is a centrepiece of the new publication. He was also a winner of this award in 1999.
He exhibits widely, including solo shows at The Donald Watson Gallery, Waterston House, Aberlady, Henderson Gallery, Edinburgh, Mchardy's Gallery Peebles, Carlops Village Hall, Borders, Birdscapes Gallery, Norfolk, Minsmere RSPB reserve, Suffolk. He has also shown at The Dancing Light Gallery, Borders, Fie Fi Foe Fum Gallery, Borders, House of Bruar, Perthshire, Nature in Art, Gloucs.
Elected a member of The Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) in 2000, Darren has served on its council and has been an active member of many of the SWLA's projects, including the New Forest (2001) and Aig on Oir (2004/2005). He has won many awards which have seen him invited onto expeditions and projects with The Artists for Nature Foundation to the Spanish Pyrenees (2001), Portuguese Algarve (2002), Peru and Ecuador (2003), Great Fen (2004/2005) Israel (2010) and Sark (2011).
He lectures nationally and has taught at Edinburgh College of Art from 2001 and currently combines his painting with teaching at both George Watsonâ€™s College, Edinburgh and Loretto's School, Musselburgh. He has been a tutor on the Seabird Drawing Course held by John Busby in North Berwick since 2004. He featured on the BBC Scotland Programme Landward in October 2010, as well as broadcasted on BBC Radio Scotland as part of his Artist in Residence postion.
Darren currently resides with his wife Pascale and three small sons Corin, Keelan and Aiden in Haddington, and was invited by Simon King to feature on his new venture, the Wildlife Whisperer website.