Andrew Haslen has lived and worked all his life in East Anglia, and from an early age began painting wildlife subjects. While he prefers using watercolour, he also works with other mediums including oils and is particularly well-known for his large-scale, hand-coloured lino cuts of British wildlife.
A longstanding member of the Society of Wildlife Artists Andrew is several times winner of the Royal Society for Nature Conservation 'Natural World' Art Award, (1992 & 1997 and Runner-up in 1993). He also won the RSPB Art Award in 1996 and 1999 and has exhibited widely in the UK, and also in the USA.
Living in the countryside, he enjoys watching and illustrating the wildlife he encounters and has planned his garden with wildlife in mind, leaving areas to go wild, and planting trees and digging ponds. While Andrew's work is always wildlife-related he has particular passions, one being hares. Always intrigued by the behaviour and mythology surrounding hares, Andrew had the opportunity to rear leverets when he was presented with orphans not knowing where they came from. This resulted in his recent book: The Winter Hare. He also loves painting birds with colourful plumages such as woodpeckers and kingfishers.
Andrew is co-owner of the Wildlfe Art Gallery in Lavenham which opened in 1988, specialising in 20th Century and contemporary wildlife art. The gallery also publishes a large selection of beautifully presented books, including The Winter Hare. This and a selection of his other books are available for purchase in the World Land Trust gallery.
Over the years Andrew has kindly donated the use of his images for World Land Trust Christmas cards, with The Fox in Winter, Winter Thrushes and various hare images being firm favourites.