Spotlight on Orangutans

Susan Shimeld, wildlife artist/natural history illustrator based at Larmer Tree Studio in Wiltshire, UK, creates paintings and drawings that focus on animals, including primates, especially endangered species.  Shimeld has worked with Greenpeace, and as Wildlife Coordinator for Friends of the Earth, she wrote articles on animal welfare – she has protested the use of animals in entertainment.  Originally self-taught, Shimeld more recently graduated from a natural history illustration course of study at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design, UK.  Orangutans have provided a major subject for the artist.  She was invited to exhibit work such as “Baby Orang” at the Orangutan Foundation, London, and has exhibited in other galleries in the UK.