Hilary Kington

Hilary Kington on the salt marsh



About me

As a wildlife artist I am acutely aware of the number of species which are disappearing. So highlighting conservations issues is now an important part of my art. I live on the coast so I have a particular love of wetlands and salt marshes. So it is the wildlife of these habitats that feature largely.

To tell the stories of these creatures and places I often inscribe messages into my hand printed woodcuts.  It is only when we know about the problems they face that we can play a part in protecting them.



Curlew Action Ambassador

One of my great loves is the curlew. It is our most endangered bird and features in many of my paintings and prints.  So I am an Ambassador for Curlew Action, a charity working hard to save the curlew from extinction. As such, my aim is to raise awareness of these iconic birds and their plight.



My salt marsh work

Fascinated by salt marshes I have been recording the wildlife and views of these special places. Salt marsh is grassland regularly flooded by the tide made even more enchanting with its backdrop of birds and boats. It is an exciting and inspiring place endlessly altered by the influence of water, light and weather.

Salt marsh is a very important habitat. Not only do salt marshes store more carbon than rain forests they are also a wildlife refuge for many creatures.

What began as a couple of months of salt marsh sketching has turned into years of fascination with this habitat. The body of work continues to grow and has become a lifetime’s passion.

“My love of tidal landscapes first began when my husband and I worked together on a fishing boat. While I have long since exchanged fishing nets for sketchbooks I have never lost my passion for the sea and its wildlife.

Self publishing a series of salt marsh sketch books

These books feature sketches from the two small salt marshes in the Severn Estuary, close to where I live. Each month there is something different and wonderful to sketch here. So to keep track of what I see and when I see it I produce monthly books.



 Winner of The Artist Award

in the Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition 2021

I was very honoured to receive this award for my woodcut Curlew in the Estuary – but for how long?. This woodcut was selected in the Facing Extinction category in the 2021 annual exhibition organised by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

If you would like to read more about it please click on The Artist Award.



I have shown work in these exhibitions

I am fortunate to have exhibited my work at some great exhibitions and venues including:

  • David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year   (Winner of The Artist Magazine Editor’s Choice in 2021)
  • Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries, London
  • The Wildlife Art Society International
  • Scottish Ornithologists’ Club
  • Cornwall Birdwatching and Preservation Society
  • Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge