This is a portrait of Crackle, a stoat born in my UK garden in 2019. When she was just a young kit Crackle appeared in a TV documentary for BBC Natural World and for the US station PBS all about stoats and the family of mammals they belong to; weasels.
The programme was made possible after I installed cameras inside the nest of Crackle’s mother, Bandita, in order to see how she brought up her young. I continued to follow this story of this stoat family long after the camera crews left.
And the following year I noticed that Crackle was expecting kits of her own.
She had to fight off her mother, Bandita, who tried to push her out of the territory, in order to gain the right to raise five kits of her own here.
My cameras revealed so much about the character of stoats, their tenacity and their cheeky, inquisitive natures. Crackle, in particular, is a strong, proud, animal and I worked to get that across in my painting, choosing her pose deliberately to get this across in my finished piece. Watch it come to life in this short video.
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I am a British wildlife artist based in Thixendale, North Yorkshire, UK. I build ideal habitats to encourage wildlife into my garden and use nest cams to study their behaviour. These studies inform my paintings. I share the best of my video research on this channel for free. If you would like to support my work please consider a small donation here: />
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