English wildlife artist June Payne Hart was once scolded for her artistic endeavors when, at the age of three, she literally painted the family cat with thick green paint. A few years later, she was the youngest student to be accepted to study art at the Birmingham College of Art in her native England.
After graduating with honors, she worked as a design consultant for Harrods’s of London and also as chief designer for Accord Greeting Cards worldwide. June also traveled throughout Europe to study art and nature. Later she was a partner in the family antique fine art gallery. Here her additional degree in Art History became invaluable. Inspired by the English 18th and 19th century artists she ventured into her own art career. Her love for nature and all God’s creatures provided the reason for painting these subjects. Her early paintings were sold in the English and European markets.
The artist move to Arizona in 1980 inspired her even more. She fell in love with all the beauty of the Southwest, and spent hours sketching the desert wildlife. She even conquered her fear of spiders when she rescued an injured Tarantula and nursed it back to health. “Tranny” as she is called is still with her today. Spider webs now grace all of her paintings as a trademark.
The more she became involved in animal rescue, local and national animal organizations the more she became aware of how many of God’s beautiful creatures were facing extinction in our planets fragile environment. It has become her hope that, through her art, she can impart in others concern for all living creatures.
June prefers to portray the gentle side of her animals. She jokes that all of her animals are vegetarians. Often they are placed in mystical landscapes, living in peace and harmony with one another and with mankind. Their gentleness can be seen in their eyes, which are always painted first in any of June’s creations. It is said that the eyes are the window to their souls.
Since her college days her chosen medium was “gouache”(opaque watercolor). Now her latest paintings are created in acrylic, scratchboard watercolor and collage as well as her original medium. She is now in the process of adding oil to her creativity.
She has received many awards for her work in native England, Europe and the United States. Her paintings are often sold prior to completion and hang in private collections worldwide, including the British Royal Family.
Much of the artists work helps raise funds for animal rescue and humane societies throughout the United States. Her “A Dog’s Plea” and “A Cat’s Life” were created for the Morris Animal Foundation of Colorado and are used extensively for this purpose. Many of her past pets are in these paintings.
Much of June’s art work is licensed to companies for greeting cards, cross stitch, puzzles, collector plates, fabric design and various other products,
Her desire is to reveal to others the beauty of God’s creation with the gift he has given her. You can reach June at her studio in Sedona at (928) 282-1741, or online at www.junepaynehart.com.