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© Gemma Hayward


I began drawing at a very early age. I have known all my life that all I wanted to do was draw. 

My passion for art was fuelled by my art teachers at school and I continued my education at art college. I also studied for a degree in Graphic Design at the University of Leeds and went on to specialise in photography. 

started drawing for friends and family as unique gift ideas and the word quickly spread. The feedback I received convinced me that other people might like to order portraits for their friends and family too.

Since becoming a full time artist, I have joined the White Rose Artists, a group of artists who exhibit a few weekends throughout the summer in Harrogate's Valley Gardens. 

I have also been shortlisted for the prestigious David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year Award four times in four years. You can see the shortlisted entries here. 

Thank you for taking the time to explore my website and I look forward to drawing for you in the near future.