Red squirrels

Jonathan Sainsbury, red squirrels, watercolour

Red squirrels chasing around tree, watercolour, 8 inches x 5.5 inches, SOLD Perthshire Open Studios

Red squirrels are evident again in our part of Comrie, in the wood, on the golf-course.
A strange sound the other day turned out to be two of them, chasing each other round a tree, claws clattering on the bark.

Jonathan Sainsbury, red squirrel, watercolour and charcoa

Red squirrel, watercolour and charcoal, 11.75 inches x 7.75 inches, SOLD in Perthshire Open Studios

End of Perthshire Open Studios

Jonathan Sainsbury, Ark for Nature, Perthshire Open Studios 2018, St Serf's Church, Comrie

Jonathan Sainsbury with his Ark for Nature, Perthshire Open Studios, 2018, St Serf’s Church, Comrie,

As the orange Perthshire Open Studios signs come down, we reflect on the last nine days in  this successful arts event.

Over five hundred people came to my Ark for Nature, in St Serf’s church, many leaving messages in the visitors’ book.  I appreciate all those kind words. 

Every class from Comrie Primary School visited too, the children’s interest in nature filling me with optimism for the future.  They were a credit to their teachers and families.   They knew about the importance of bees, insects, protecting the environment, taking care of nature.  Class Five and Class One sent thank you letters, with their own drawings.

Jonathan Sainsbury, My Ark for Nature, Perthshire Open Studios 2018,

Pupils from Comrie Primary School and the Provost of Perth

Thank you, too, to the Provost of Perth, Councillor Dennis Melloy, who visited alongside  pupils from Primary Four class.  We all enjoyed his visit a lot.  He gamely joined in the questions over the cake-making machine.

Sales were up, spirits were high.  Thanks to all who organise Perthshire Open Studios and to the Vestry and Congregation of St Serf’s for hosting my Ark.

A selection of pictures from the exhibition are shown below: if you are interested in purchasing, please make contact.

Perthshire Open Studios 2018

Across Perthshire, in this popular event, over a hundred artists open their studios to visitors.  Jonathan exhibits in the church across the road, in a pop-up studio he calls his Ark for Nature.
With a focus on the subject matter right outside his studio and demonstrating live during the exhibition, Jonathan gives a glimpse of what it is to be a wildlife artist.  
September 1 – 9th 2018   St Serf’s church, Comrie, PH6 2JA       Daily 10 – 5pm, Sundays 12 – 5pm

Three of Jonathan’s paintings in ‘Wildlife Treasures’

Crested tit, watercolour & charcoal, Jonathan Sainsbury

  Crested tit – 9 x 12 ins – watercolour & charcoal £600

Wildlife Treasure is an exhibition of sculptures and two-dimensional works at the Nature in Art Museum, at Wallsworth Hall, Sandhurst, Gloucester. This is the first time the Society of Animal Artists, USA is holding a Members’ exhibition in Britain.  Artists from North America and around the world are participating.    Every2-D entry is identical in size, 12 x 9 inches or 9 x 12 inches.

Long-tailed tits, alder catkins, watercolour, charcoal, Jonathan Sainsbury

Long-tailed tits, 12 x 9 ins, watercolour & charcoal £600

Jonathan Sainsbury is an elected member of the Society of Animal Artists and has frequently exhibited in the Annual Exhibition, held each year in America.  Jonathan’s three entries are of a Crested tit in Scots pine, Ptarmigan in a snowy, rocky landscape, and Long-tailed tits with alder catkins.

Camouflage, ptarmigan, snow, rocks, lichen, watercolour & charcoal, Jonathan Sainsbury

Camouflage – Ptarmigan – 9 x 12 ins, watercolour & charcoal, Jonathan Sainsbury £600

‘Wildlife Treasures’ opens on July 25th and closes on September 3rd.   Works are for sale.




Free exhibition of Scottish wildlife art in Inverness Cathedral

Black grouse on wall, oil painting, 'My Ark for Nature', Inverness Cathedral

Black grouse on wall, oil, from Jonathan’s exhibition, ‘My Ark for Nature’ in Inverness Cathedral

Jonathan’s exhibition, ‘My Ark for Nature’ runs in Inverness Cathedral from Friday 1st – Wednesday 7th June. entrance free. The show is open daily 9.30am – 5.30pm and Sunday 1pm – 6pm.  

The show displays Jonathan’s Scottish wildlife pictures, postcards and prints.  It will be an interactive exhibition, in which Jonathan will draw and talk about his work, showing the process of turning ideas into finished pictures.  Visitors will also be invited to share their own stories about wildlife.  

The Cathedral is a friendly community, offering a warm welcome.  There is a cafe open daily and plentiful parking alongside.

All are welcome.  Community groups are welcome to pay a visit to use as inspiration for their own projects.   There is quiet space in the Cathedral to work alongside the exhibition.  

Any groups wishing to do please let the organisers know in advance, on 07515 709 179.

“I have always loved Jonathan’s work – the delicacy and accuracy of his bird studies, and his eye for charming settings, are irresistible.  After years of wistful gazing, I am now the proud owner of one.”

Kate Green, Deputy Editor, Country Life

Installation in Perthshire Open Studios



Installation at St Serf’s for Perthshire Open Studios

Getting ready for Perthshire Open Studios

Getting ready for Perthshire Open Studios

Bird boxes - film - songbirds - Jonathan Sainsbury

Bird boxes holding film of songbirds hung alongside pictures: a collaboration with the charity Songbird Survival

Jonathan built his installation, 6m x 3m, in the back half of St Serf’s Episcopal Church, Comrie, opening to the public from Saturday 3rd – Wednesday 7th September 2016.

Two hundred people visited during that time.  A sample of comments in the visitors book read ‘Special and uplifting as ever’, ‘Wonderful to see such stunning work.  Hair raising.’, ‘Superb!’, ‘Excellent exhibition’, ‘Beautiful!’, ‘Absolutely lovely!’, ‘Really enjoyed paintings’, ‘Fabulous!’, ‘Gorgeous work, set out beautifully’, ‘Deeply humbling!’, ‘Beautiful pictures, very detailed’, ‘Fantastic local wildlife.  Great work and quality.’ ‘Hares and corncrakes – wow!’

Jonathan Sainsbury: Ark of British Wildlife painting

My Ark For Nature: Much-loved and Endangered British wildlife, watercolour by Jonathan Sainsbury

The installation grew out of Jonathan’s vision of an ark to hold all his favourite British wildlife, some endangered, some not.  This was his first watercolour sketch, of an ark with birds and animals inside and around it.  He imagined an installation combining the wooden appearance of an ark and, for practical reasons,  a shed.

Jonathan Sainsbury sketch for Ark display space

Jonathan Sainsbury sketch for Ark display space

Jonathan Sainsbury Ark display

Jonathan Sainsbury sketch for Ark installation

To the original plans, Jonathan planned to add blank paper panels that he could draw, in charcoal, through the course of the installation.



New Jonathan Sainsbury Limited Edition giclee print

Hedgehog - charcoal - limited edition giclee

Hedgehog charcoal drawing, also available as a Limited Edition giclee print

Jonathan Sainsbury launches a new Limited Edition giclee print of a hedgehog, costing £85 framed.

It is available from Jonathan’s stand at the BBC Countryfile Live Event at Blenheim, 4-7th August. Jonathan’s stand, ‘My Ark for Nature’ – K024 –  across from the Camera Tower by the main arena at Blenheim – is a working wildlife artist’s studio where he will paint and draw live during the event.

There will be opportunities to ask the artist questions and to interact with the resources on display.  There will be original works of art for sale, prints and cards from £3.