THIXENDALE wildlife artist Robert E Fuller is holding an exhibition of original paintings and limited-edition prints at Pocklington Arts Centre from tomorrow to January 29.

On show too will be the best of his work on luxury tableware, such as bone china mugs, place mats, coasters and lap-trays, plus greetings cards, with an eye to the Christmas gift market.

Using acrylics and oils, and favouring a highly detailed, realistic style, Fuller creates paintings that reflect the behaviour and character of his wild subjects.

Regarded as an expert on wildlife matters, he is a television regular and his footage of animal behaviour has been broadcast on primetime television programmes, including the BBC’s Springwatch, The One Show and Countryfile.

Arts centre director Janet Farmer says: "It's an absolute privilege to host an exhibition by an artist of Robert Fuller’s calibre.

"Robert has a world-class reputation for his incredible wildlife paintings, and quite rightly so, and we know that not only will our studio be brought to life by his work, but also it’s going to be incredibly popular. We're looking forward to welcoming everyone to browse Robert’s latest works and pick up a truly special Christmas gift at the same time."

Fuller's intimate understanding of British wildlife was shaped by his upbringing on a farm on the Yorkshire Wolds, close to where he still lives, and many of his paintings feature the wildlife he finds on his doorstep. His scope, however, is global and each year he travels overseas to study different wildlife in its native habitat.

Every year too, around 7,000 visitors make their way to his gallery in Thixendale, where his artwork is complemented by the chance to see secretive wildlife, such as barn owls, kestrels, tawny owls and stoats, on screens that relay the latest action from live hidden cameras.