An icon of the Scottish hills

This year’s painting for the WHT habitat stamp, Red Deer on Arran, comes from internationally acclaimed wildlife artist David Parry. For the first time in the history of the WHT stamp, the trust has commissioned a painting of a mammal instead of the usual iconic bird species. All money raised from 2022 stamp merchandise will go towards funding of conservation projects. If you think WHT could help you with a conservation project, please visit the WHT shop.

David trained at the Central School of Art and is a full member of the Society for Wildlife Artists. He is a full-time artist, who started his career as an illustrator and progressed to wildlife painting, which remains his greatest passion to this day.

David’s biggest love is Africa and he’s spent many years visiting Eastern African countries with his sketch book, binoculars and camera to capture inspiration for his paintings. His love for the Mother Continent does not limit his work to just the animals of the vast African plains, of course. David still finds the time to paint British wildlife: “I spend much of my time bird watching and observing wildlife in the UK.” He also enjoys working on pet commissions, especially dogs.

When WHT approached David for this commission, he was immediately interested, as for many years he wanted to design a stamp with wildlife as the main subject. While he’s completed many wildlife illustrations for several publishers, David never has done anything on such small scale, which he found a welcome challenge.

As the main subject of this year’s stamp is red deer, we asked David for his thoughts about deer in the UK and their management. He said: “They are a valued part of British ecosystems. I realise that most deer herds must be managed to protect the different habitats they occupy and, of course, stalking and selling venison also provide income for remote communities.”

David’s favourite deer species is fallow – he used to spend many hours watching them in Knole Park in his youth. While he’s never been to Arran, he would very much like to go sometime, and he knows Skye quite well and has been to Fetlar in the Shetlands to see snowy owls in the wild.

Arran was a natural choice of subject for the stamp painting, as BASC provides a stalking scheme there exclusively for members.

If you would like to learn more about David Parry and see more of his work, please visit his website

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WHT Habitat Stamp 2022
2022 – Red Deer on Arran by David Parry

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