Liselle-Fae is a wildlife artist, zoologist, and cat lover who produces vibrant, contemporary watercolour portraits of animals. Taking inspiration from her experience working in animal welfare and conservation, she strives to create paintings that capture the enigmatic spirit of wildlife. Not only this, but Liselle hopes to inject others with the awe and enthusiasm she has for animals, and raise awareness of species which are endangered or misunderstood.
Liselle is a self-taught artist, having never pursued a formal education in art; despite this, arts & crafts have always been an integral part of her life. In 2012, she moved to the University of Exeter's Penryn campus to study animal behaviour. Here Liselle avidly chased her passion for cats, interning at the Big Cat Sanctuary, volunteering with Cats Protection, writing an article on cheetah physiology for biosphere magazine, and finally completing a dissertation studying captive-wild cat behaviour. While studying in cornwall, Liselle rediscovered her love of art - using it as a tool to help her relax away from a busy academic schedule.
After graduating from the University of Exeter Liselle continued to indulge her passion for art, rediscovering watercolours and, subsequently, her intense colour vision along the way. Her palette and brushes then accompanied her to Manchester, where she studied a PGDip in Zoo Conservation Biology, specialising in cat anatomy and behaviour alongside volunteering at Manchester Museum. It was during this period, Liselle decided to take her first commissions in time for christmas 2016 - she hasn't looked back.
After moving back to Lincolnshire, Liselle continued to paint, developing her skills and style as she took on an increasing amount of pet portrait commissions. Her original pieces, depicting wildlife, became a vessel to explore her ongoing passion for the natural world and support it's conservation.
Association of Animal Artists. In March 2019 Liselle, in conjunction with Ayscoughfee Museum, held her first exhibition "Fading Beauty: supporting wildlife conservation through art which celebrates the spirit of nature". In May 2019, she become the social media trustee for the Association of Animal Artists, and is now serving as their chairperson after being welcomed on board in November 2019. She remains a staunch advocate for wildlife conservation, with a focus on wild cats. She would love to become the artist in residence for conservation charities, and remains committed to painting as many different cat species as she can in the coming year to help raise awareness of their stories.
In 2018, Liselle developed her own beginners watercolour course, focusing on basic techniques and building confidence; in the same year she also became a member of the