Category Archives: Wildlife Images

New Wildlife Painting

I have been so busy over the summer painting en plein air or focussing on local landscapes and waterscapes that I feel that I have neglected a little my wildlife paintings!

That being so, I turned to one of my favourite subjects – the big cats – and painted this beautiful image of a cheetah.  Caught in the moment when she first spots her prey in the distance,  you can almost sense the tension in her long, lean body as she scents the air.

Prey Ahead! Oil on board. 16″ x 12″ £1,200. BUY NOW

Cheetahs are such beautiful cats, strong and agile, yet also curiously vulnerable, they really are the most iconic and little understood of all the big cats.

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In the news…

I’m in the news! The Kentish Express (Romney Marsh) has a feature on my painting, In the Shadows, being shortlisted for the prestigious David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s (DWSF) Artist of the Year Award.

In the Shadows by Paul Apps U.A.

The article, by Rachel Wood, is on page 22 and explains all about the competition which will be judged on the 27th June at The Mall Galleries, London.

The feature details the background to the painting and how the wildlife of Africa inspires me.  It includes photo of the painting and even one of yours truly!

I’m keeping my fingers crossed as to the result but, regardless, I’m delighted to support the good work of the DWSF in supporting endangered African and Asian wildlife.

I’ll keep you all updated as to my progress in the competition!

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Changes at the gallery

The new shelving and display boxes…

I’ve recently had a change-around at my gallery at 7-9 Marine Walk Street, Hythe, Kent with the introduction of a larger selection of my original watercolours and prints.

In order to show these off to their best advantage, I brought glass and metal shelving units (which took a while to put up!) and wooden boxes (currently being painted) in which to display the mounted watercolours and prints.

The shelving also gives me more space in which to display my stock of gifts and artist’s materials and the pretty pale blue display boxes give the gallery a lovely, summery feel!

If you’re in Hythe why not drop into the gallery and check out the changes and view the new stock of watercolours and prints?  See you soon!

The display boxes once painted.

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Sale of fine art limited edition prints!

I’m having a sale on some of my fine art limited edition prints!

Stormchaser. 404mm x 594 mm Fine art lithographic print. WAS £84.00. NOW £42.00 BUY NOW

These prints, some of which are up to 50% off, are of my successful wildlife paintings and subjects include tigers, giraffe, cheetahs and zebra amongst others.

The prints are available to view now my website and make wonderful gifts!

Postage and packing is £7.50 extra.

Lord Duma. 220 x 400mm Fine art lithographic print.  WAS £41.00 NOW £20.50 BUY NOW

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Demo Evening – Swan in pastel pencil

Last night I held another of my popular monthly demonstration sessions.  It was well attended and a really fun-filled evening.  The subject this time around was this beautiful swan created using pastel pencils.

Pastel pencils are a good medium through which to explore pastel work as they give you more control than conventional pastel sticks.  However, it had been a while since I had used pastel pencils so I had to give myself a little time to practice beforehand!

 I used Derwent pastel pencils and my 30-year-old Swann Stabilo pencils, a testament to how good a product they are!  The paper was pastel matt card from Clairefontaine.

Those attending the demo really enjoyed it, lots of questions were asked and the group loved the final finished work.  Hopefully, I may have inspired some people to give pastel pencils a try.

The next demonstration evening is on Thursday 8th June where the subject will be atmospheric Dungeness using charcoal.  It should be a fun (and messy!) evening so book now as spaces are limited.

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DSWF- Wildlife Artist of the Year competition 2017

” In the Shadows”
  It gives me the greatest pleasure to announce to all my collectors and friends from around the world that my painting called ” In the Shadows has been juried into the final of the Wildlife Artist of the Year competition, being run by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
  It, along with the other finalists will be on show at the famous Mall Galleries in London between Tuesday 27th June until Sunday 2nd July.
30 % of the sale of this painting will go towards wildlife conservation needs.
It has been a few years since I have entered this competition and its nice to be back in the final and the show once more. I so look forward to seeing all my many friends again at the preview evening in June. – please sign up for my free newsletter
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In the shadows


In the Shadows

Oil on canvas  36″ x 24″

For Sale

This painting is a reminder an encounter myself and Catherine had with a male lion in the late afternoon during a trip to the Southern Luangwa River in 2008.  Lying under a bush by the river in the shadows, I took some shots and did some sketches of the big cat.  The lion, known locally as ‘Grumpy’, was one of three brothers who controlled the area. Not long after our encounter with ‘Grumpy’ we got stuck in the soft sand along the river and it took us over half an hour to dig ourselves out.  As we were digging, Grumpy walked past very close to us, forcing us to beat a very hasty retreat into the jeeps!


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Friday 25th and Saturday  26th November 2016  only for  


Outstanding deals on my limited edition fine art prints


0ff all prices across the board

( Normal Postage and packing costs apply)

Black Friday limited edition print deals

Below are just a few of those on offer click on the link above to see all on offer.

Great ideas for Christmas gifts and save !!!!

Don’t forget during the lead up to Christmas an advent original painting will be on offer for one day only from my Gallery in Hythe. First come first served. Originals will be 40% off the normal gallery price for that day only. ( Don’t forget easy, no cost payments over 6moths on any original over £200.00)


 Was £30.00 now only £15.000061_waterhole_gang_1_t

Was £84.00 now only £42.000023_grace_and_elegance_f

Was £53.00 now only £26.50


Was £84.00 now only £42.00

0176. Young Maasai

Was £36.00 now only £18.000158 Lord Duma

Was £41.00 now only £20.500049. Storm Chaser

Was £84.00 now only £42.00

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New oil painting



This is my latest oil painting, I need to measure it, but think it is around 18 x 36 inches.

I have under-painted this canvas based upon my sketches using Umbers and Burnt Sienna. I used this method on many occasions in the past, and have recently thought of exploring it once more. Though upon this visit I have gone a little deeper with the details and semi finishing the work as I progressed. It was not my intent, but I enjoyed the process so much it evolved thus.

Those who have seen it, have suggested that I leave it, as it stands on its own as a finished work, for my part I am not so sure… Colour is most likely the next step.

The work is based upon ideas I have carried around in my head since our visit to South Luangwa a few years back. We shared the area with a BBC fim crew, filming a small segment for a wildlife special with Sir David Attenborough. Saw the film later it was great to see.

I hope to post updates as the painting progresses.

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My Latest Painting – Tiger Cub

My Latest Work

untitled shoot-1Young Sumatran

Oil on Panel 16″ x 12″

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I do hope that you have liked my latest painting called the ‘Young Sumatran’ It is one of two cubs bred from rare Sumatran Tigers at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Smarden in Kent.

It was a wonderful treat to see the two cubs playing in the company of mum, I had a great day watching them and enjoying gaining the reference for this and other paintings.

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