Richard Tratt is a painter of British landscape and wildlife. As a young boy he developed a consuming interest in Natural History, with a particular fascination for butterflies and moths. He began painting in his teens, and attended Northwich College of Art, Cheshire, and Dartington College of Arts, Devon (1970-1974). Tratt spends a great deal of time observing and sketching his subjects in their environment. Most of his wildlife paintings are finished in the studio, but much of his landscape work is painted outdoors. He works mainly in oils on canvas and has been painting full time since 1979. Tratt was elected a member of The Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) in 1981, and The Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) in 1986. Married with two daughters, he currently lives at Fordingbridge, Hampshire, on the northern edge of the New Forest. Tratt exhibits at many galleries and venues, including the Royal Institute of Oil painters and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. He shows regularly at the annual SWLA and SBA exhibitions and has had work published by CK Art, Rosenstiel’s, Medici, Reynard Fine Art, RSPB, and Sally Mitchell Fine Art. Tratt has also been featured in "International Artist" Magazine, "Draw It, Paint It" Magazine, and "Painting Birds and Animals". Richard Tratt paintings are on permanent display at Nature in Art Museum, Gloucester. In 1996 he was the first prize winner of national competition ‘Art in Nature’, organised by "The Artist' Magazine. Tratt has an international following and in 1995 he painted two giant murals in The Royal Palace of Oman. His paintings have also become popular in Japan, resulting in one man exhibitions in Tokyo in 1998 and 2000.