• Through the admiration of her work one can enjoy an awareness of the beast and its beauty. Such an ability is only afforded by an artist whose skills are as rare as her subjects.

    Chris PackhamTV Presenter
  • Nick Mackman captured the relationship between mother and pup so sympathetically that you could not fail to be drawn to this charming piece.

    David ShepherdWildlife Artist
  • It’s as if the artist grasped the mud beneath her feet and conjured up the magic of Africa – here is humour, pathos and personality.

    Hazel SoanWildlife Artist of the Year Judge
  • Award Winning Artist

    Nick Mackman is an award winning sculptor of ceramic and bronze animal sculptures. In 2015 she won the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) Wildlife Artist of the Year competition. In 2012 she was Overall Runner-up and category winner in 2010. Her work is prized for its striking intensity and personality. Many of her subjects are highly endangered and she actively supports the work of animal and nature conservation charities at home and abroad. She lives in Devon in the UK.
  • Around the World

    Nick's animal sculptures have been widely exhibited at home in the UK and abroad. Her work is highly sought after and is held in private collections around the world. Her animal sculptures have found homes with, amongst others, John Cleese, Dame Judi Dench, Chris Packham, David Shepherd and Viscountess Serena Linley. She has accepted commissions from British Airways and the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition (pictured above with Sir David Attenborough).
  • A Life-Long Love Affair

    My art is informed by my life-long love of animals. I grew up with a dog by my side and learned from an early age that every animal has its own distinctive personality. As an artist my work is a continually evolving exploration of animal behaviour. I never start a new piece without making that connection with my subject. I need to understand the animal, its environment, behaviour and personality. I need to know its story and what it’s feeling; is it vulnerable, sleepy, proud, frightened, angry, playful?
  • Making the Connection

    Most of my animal sculptures are based on observations made in the wild. This is the only way to really connect with the animal on its own level. My work is inspired by what I see in the wild. A slight tilt of the head, licking of the lips or pricking of the ears. These are the subtle details that bring a sculpture to life and transform it from a purely representational model to an expressive and emotive artwork. Ultimately, it’s the presence in the room which I find so exciting and which makes sculpture so powerful.