PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER, 2020

Updated: May 21, 2021





This is Madhavi Rathore’s second time entering Wildlife Artist of the Year after she was made aware of the competition by a friend. Rathore is also a massive David Shepherd fan, as David used to visit Ranthambore National Park with her uncle when she was a child. She subsequently found a signed David Shepherd coffee table book and fell in love with his artworks. “His paintings are realistic and expressive without looking like photographs. When I paint I try to keep the essence of a painting while not taking away the fundamentals of the animal.” says Madhavi Madhavi studied at J.J. School of Arts. “I got my first commission from a hotel in Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan. They asked me to paint four big cat artworks of a tiger, lion, cheetah and a leopard. Ever since then I have been hooked on wildlife paintings.” says Madhavi Madhavi loves painting leopards which are native to her region. She also enjoys painting birds. The paradise flycatcher is a songbird that occurs across Africa and Asia. Madhavi spotted the beautiful flycatcher featured in her winning artwork when the bright colours in its wings caught her eye. “I loved its ribbon-like tail which when painted on white, can almost blend in with the background showing shades of grey. It gives you a chance to play with the negative space.” says Madhavi Tips for artists competing for the People’s Choice Award

Madhavi shared the link to her artwork across her social media channels regularly. She also attributes word of mouth and asking all her family and friends to vote, to her success.

“I routinely created Instagram stories every couple of days to make sure all of my followers got to see my artwork at least once.” says Madhavi Social media algorithms and people’s busy lives means not all your followers see your social media content when you post, this is why it is important to post regularly at strategic times. “At the end of the day, the voting was completely out of my control. Honestly, I didn’t know if they would vote for my artwork but I hugely appreciate it,says Madhavi ORIGINAL LINK OF THE ARTICLE :

https://davidshepherd.org/news/peoples-choice-award-winner-2020-announced/

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