My work can be divided distinctly into two different areas, people, and nature. Nature has been my inspiration for a long time, in the early years using mainly photographic reference and more recently shifting away from photographs to draw directly from life in the field. This shift in my practice has demanded a more responsive and immediate approach, forcing me to leave behind my small brushes and controlled drawing skills. For the past 4 years I have had to unlearn how I draw and embrace a new language of mark making, one that wasn’t always very pretty or successful!

Recently I have returned to work on the other area that interests me, people. Currently I am developing my skills in figure drawing, however very soon I will be incorporating them into storytelling. My desire is to interweave both nature and people together forming a narrative which allows the viewer to enter into the story through their own emotions and experience. Inspiration for these paintings will be drawn from my own life experiences and from an interest in the human condition. This work will focus on identity, connection and belonging. Please keep a watch on my Instagram (lorna.hamilton.artist) and website to see my progression.

Originally from N.Ireland, I now reside in the East Midlands, England. I am a full-time painter with tutoring and arts facilitator experience. 

Group Shows

2020 Artists for Conservation, Vancouver (Virtual Exhibit) https://gallery.artistsforconservation.org/virtual-exhibit/12053/home

2019 Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries, London

2018 Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries, London

2017 Artists for Conservation, Marine Exhibition Tour, Florida &                    China

2017 Artists and Illustrators Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2009 Society of Animal Artists, Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure,                      Kansas, Dunnegan Gallery of Art, MO, Ward Museum of                          Wildfowl, MD

2008 Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Musuem, Wisconsin

2008  Society of Animal Artists, The Neville Museum, Green Bay,                  Wisconsin

2008  Artists for Conservation, The Art of Conservation, Hiram                      Blauvelt Museum, New Jersey, USA

2007 The Wildlife Experience, Parker, Denver, CO

2002 Four portraits, Ulster Museum Collection

Solo Exhibitions

2012 Solo exhibition, WWT Art gallery, N.Ireland

2010 Solo exhibition, WWT Art Gallery, N.Ireland

2000 N.Ireland Television personalities,  sporting legends,                                business leaders and politicians

Awards/Special achievements

2018 John Busby Bursary Award, Society Wildlife Artists

2015 Featured artist in N.Ireland television production

2013 Invited artist,Artists for Conservation Scuba Dive Pilot                          Expedition, Cayman Islands

2011 Featured artist in BBC Wild Week Live Television production:             Live broadcast art demonstration

2011 Master Artists Seminar with Robert Bateman, Cortes Island,                Vancouver Island

2008 Image selected to be the design of the cover of Artists for                     Conservation Exhibition show book

2008 Featured artist in RTE Nationwide Television production,                        Ireland