Charles Tunnicliffe's career as a wildlife painter began growing up in Cheshire and the surrounding countryside. Highly acclaimed for his range of subject and vibrant pallette, he is considered one of the foremost British wildlife artists of the twentieth century. He was elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1944, and his search for traquility at the heart of nature took him to Anglesey in 1947. From his studio at Shorelands he could look out across the Cefni Estuary towards Newborough Forest, and the mountains of Snowdonia. This interesting group of preparatory works display his method of working directly from nature and ability to capture the essensial components in a short space of time - colour, form and composition. He was made a full Royal Academician in 1954.