Beatrice Forshall grew up in France and Spain, spending most of her childhood in Catalonia, before moving to the UK as a teenager. She studied illustration at Falmouth College of Art, specialising in dry point engraving in the last year of her degree. Forshall identifies conservation as a central concern in her artistic practice and has always drawn upon the natural world for inspiration.
Beatrice spent time as artist in residence with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, which is a growing collaboration between researchers, policy makers and practitioners from the University of Cambridge and leading biodiversity conservation organisations. Alongside the specialists within CCI, she has worked on an exhibition that is being held in their headquarters, the Attenborough Building.
To date Beatrice has worked with the ICUN -International Union for Conservation of Nature, TRAFFIC - the wildlife trade monitoring network, BirdLife International and Flora and Fauna International.
The printing technique she uses and the fact that her prints are individually finished by hand, means that each final image varies slightly in form and colour making each unique.
While giving an interview to one of the magazines, she asserted that "The world was enduring the biggest mass disappearance of species 65 million years ago since the dinosaurs. These extinctions are believed to be the signs of a situation in which we can offer our greater role, making the world a less exquisite place and our life here less comfortable, relaxed, and happy, at best. We need to realize that humans do not have uppermost claims to the planet's resources and that this tiny miracle in a vast, hostile world should be shared.
Whatever the technological possibilities, it is imperative for our own survival and of those with whom we live and share the planet that we consume less. I am optimistic that my illustrations of endangered species will assist in uniting people to this unappealing prospect and make them recognise that we are all paying a far greater price than what is printed on the label".
She further stated that currently, a percentage of the sales of some of her prints goes towards frontline conservation projects which she believes can contribute a little to saving the endangered species and repay the planet for what positives the environment has given human beings for living peacefully.
She had been a strong advocate of saving the lives of endangered species and had given some harsh comments for not taking the steps that can be in favour of mother nature. Along with her love for nature, her paintings happen to say more about them. She has depicted nature through her artworks so beautifully, for she values nature over everything!