About Ed Stokes Art
I am predominantly a wildlife artist living and working in rural Suffolk. I have drawn and painted for as long as I can remember - my mother made a point of making sure a pad of paper and a felt-tip was always to hand and ready to produce from her handbag any time I became restless in long queues for the bank etc, and it all grew from there.
After an Illustration degree at Leeds poly the last twenty or so years have been spent developing a style which really suits my work and subject matter, capturing the expressions of animals that appeal to me and creating an atmosphere around them - for example, my ungainly pheasant fleeing across deep snow, or the knowing, wicked grin of a calculating fox - giving my audience chance to create their own narratives.
Dore's phenomenal etchings of Aesop's Fables and Grimm's Fairy Tales, the incredible line work of Tenniel's depictions of Lewis Caroll's characters and the tactile, warm fuzziness of EH Sheperd's incredible book illustrations have all played their part in how I perceive animals and how I want to draw them.
My work is available online and I also sell my work from my wife's fantastic gift area at the brilliant Thrive in Pakenham. I also take pet commissions. My media are pen, ink, watercolour and acrylics.