Nik Pollard is a painter and printmaker based in Bristol. He has been a professional member of the Society of Wildlife Artists [SWLA] since 1997, graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1998 and in recent years has received the Swarovski Bird Artist of the Year award  and the RSPB award .
His work is generated from sustained, direct observation with paintings and drawings often resolved in the field. A period of dedicated study at single or related locations is a necessary part of his process. Drawing from all the senses, he investigates the rhythms and characteristics of a location and it’s ecology, resulting in a sense of time and place.
Working with a range of mediums, he focuses on the essential aspects of what it is that has drawn him to the subject. Searching for a balance between figuration and abstraction he enjoys exploring the ambiguity and serendipity of mark-making. When working in the studio he often turns to printmaking in order to pursue an idea further, substituting the thrill of the first-hand direct response with the magic of printmaking and the exploration of materials and processes that cannot easily be replicated outdoors.
Nik has been involved and has helped develop a number of SWLA projects.
I see art education as a perfect opportunity to help people re-engage with nature and believes that art has a role in promoting conservation stories.