Alan M Hunt was born in North Yorkshire, England, studying zoology at Leeds College and Bristol University. His artist training came from Middlesborough Art College. This background of scientific and artistic skills causes Alan to call himself "the zoologist who paints wildlife". Alan has worked with animals in the wild and in captivity - in parks, zoos, and reserves. Indeed, he has used his ability as a naturalist-guide for bird watchers and others interested in nature around the world.
Alan's artist life began in earnest after others showed a great deal of interest in his paintings. Over the years, he has exhibited his work in museums, galleries and other locales worldwide. His wildlife art hangs in public and private collections. Wildlife artist and activist Alan M. Hunt considers himself "a zoologist who paints wildlife."
Hunt has worked with birds and animals both in the wild and in captivity, in parks, zoos and wildlife reserves around the world. He has acted as a guide for birdwatchers and naturalists in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America. Hunt began to paint full-time after his artwork inspired much interest. Over the years, Hunt has exhibited his artwork around the world and has gained many honors and awards. His wildlife art hangs in many public and private collections throughout the world, including Holland's prestigious Jacht Museum.
Hunt paints only during the daylight hours; he never uses artificial light. Working in a variety of media, primarily oil and gouache, but also ink, acrylic, egg tempera and watercolor, Hunt achieves a variety of exquisite textures from feathers to rocks. With his backgrounds in both art and zoology, Hunt has the advantage of being able to study wildlife from two perspectives — that of scientist as well as artist. His extensive world travels, observation and experience with wild animals clearly show in his realistic style of painting, which is both accurate and evocative.
A devoted conservationist, Hunt is very involved with worldwide fund-raising efforts. Hunt makes whatever contributions he can to conservation causes, as he considers animals first and foremost. He now concentrates on painting endangered species to draw as much attention as possible to their threatened survival. "Humans are destroying wildlife and the planet, and we are animals, too," says Hunt. "If my son doesn't get to see half the wildlife in his lifetime I've seen, I'll feel very guilty. Rather than become famous as a painter, I would like to be remembered as someone who tried to make people aware of the need to protect the environment and the planet."