Andrew Stock is a self-taught painter and printmaker. With the early encouragement of the late Sir Peter Scott he has been painting full time since leaving Sherborne School (Dorset) in 1978.
Working in water based media and oils, his subject matter has primarily been wildlife, especially birds, although in recent years he has been painting still lifes and landscapes with great success. Since 1991 etching has also formed an important part of his creative repertoire.
As well as regular visits to the Highlands, Andrew has spent considerable time in the Lot region of France. Meanwhile his fascination with India grows and he has recently returned from his second trip to Uttaranchal, having previously visited Kerala and Rajasthan. India has considerably broadened Andrew's portfolio, and his exhibitions now include paintings and etchings of street scenes, landscapes, figures and shipping as well as the birdlife. It is however, the Highlands and more especially the contrasting beauty and wilderness of the Outer Hebrides that remain a constant pull and an annual pilgrimage. It is here that he was first inspired to paint the north Atlantic and the seabirds that delight in the turbulent surf.
Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) and following in the late Sir peter Scott’s footsteps is now the elected President of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA). As well as exhibiting regularly in London he has a growing international following with collections in India, Oman and the USA. He has won many art prizes including the coveted British Birds ‘Bird Illustrator of the Year’ in 1995.
Andrew’s etchings are included in his solo exhibitions, the annual Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) and Royal Society of Painter-printmakers (RE) shows, and in many regional exhibitions. They have also been exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
He has lived in Dorset for the last twenty years and works from his studio in the hamlet of Ryme Intrinseca, near Sherborne.