In 1986 Roy Chaffin gave up a successful commercial career to devote all his time to becoming a professional wildlife artist.
He soon built an international reputation for detailed and often dramatic paintings of wildlife. With a particular love of the great cats, he has become known as the man who tames tigers with a paintbrush .
One man shows of his work have been staged around the world, from the Fine Art Centre in San Francisco, USA, to the local Watford Museum. A particularly successful solo exhibition in Northampton was sponsored by Jaguar Cars. Joint exhibitions include numerous shows at the Mall Galleries, Westminster Gallery, Lamont Gallery and Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in London, at St. Albans Abbey, Gloucester Cathedral and by invitation at Hatfield House. His work was also included in the Whaletail exhibition in South Africa.
He works primarily in acrylic on stretched canvas, but undertakes commissions and teaches in all media including oils, watercolour, oil pastels, soft pastels, and pencil.
A legacy of his earlier business career is a strong interest in computers and all things electronic. He is entirely comfortable with computer graphics and developing the public s interest in computer fine art. He is an experienced and competent broadcaster.
To heighten awareness of conservation issues, he founded PAWS - a competition which for 14 years has provided encouragement to amateur wildlife artists in Europe and the Americas as well as in Britain.
As Chairman and later as President of HVAF, he helped to shape the Forum into the successful organisation it is today, finally stepping back in 2003.
In 1999 he was nominated as a Creative Briton in the awards event sponsored by the Prudential.
He has a fascination for every detail of the natural world, which he insists we must strive to understand if we are to have any hope of succeeding in protecting it. He is adamant that we must avoid fanaticism and work in a way which is both practical and possible. He calls this intelligent conservation.
A trip to British Columbia, which included a visit with fellow professional wildlife artist Robert Bateman, whose work he has admired for many years, heightened his enthusiasm still further for painting, for teaching and for conservation.
Clients and Artists are welcome by appointment at the Studio/Gallery, where a selection of work is usually on show. The Studio is opened to the public at least one weekend a year, when everyone is made welcome to meet Roy and to see his work.
Roy has worked with Winsor and Newton for well over a decade and they presented him with a Limited Millenium Edition Silver Watercolour Box, in recognition of his total commitment, abundant enthusiasm and professional competence . The award is a source of great pride for him.
Roy s hobbies include clay-pigeon shooting and he also spends leisure time writing flight simulator software for Microsoft s Flight Simulator programmes. Best of all, he likes the company of the animals he paints - in his own back yard or travelling the world to observe them.