:About me:

Born 1966. I live in the small village of Väggarp near Lund in southern Sweden.
I have a MSc in Chemical engineering and work as a research scientist at
AstraZeneca (asthma medicines).

In my spare time I watch, paint and draw birds. My passion for nature and birds has always been deep. A talent for drawing and painting made me interested in bird art. I am a total autodidact and have never attended any art courses.


I mostly work in watercolour and sometimes in oil. My favourite paper is Arches, rough 300g/m2. For illustrations in bird magazines I also use pencil and ink. In recent years I have also done some bird sculptures in polymer clay.


I like sketching birds while I watch them and I think the sketching is very important for the understanding of the bird's balance, anatomy and jizz. I see every bird as a new and exciting personality. I think all birds are fascinating although my favourites are raptors, owls and waders.


In 1991 I was selected as "Bird painter of the year " in Sweden. During the last 15 years my paintings have been featured in exhibitions in Sweden several times a year.
In 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2011 I was selected for the prestigious exhibition "Birds in Art" at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, US. My paintings have also been selected for the Museum´s "Birds In Art Tour" in US. Naturally, it's a great pleasure and honour to be a part of this big exhibition together with some of the top bird artists in the world.

I was one of the artists in the great exhibition "IV centuries of Birds" in Vermont, Florida and New York 2003-2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PETER ELFMAN

SWEDISH WILDLIFE ARTIST

Pramvagen 15, Vaggarp, S- 241 93 Eslov, SWEDEN tel: +4646143308

for more pictures see: www.facebook.com (view Peter Elfman)

or my blog at http://elfmanart.blogspot.com/

Above: me at the Birds in Art opening reception, Wausau Wisconsin, Sep 10, 2011,

below: the selected painting"Hawfinch".

Below: Robin

Above: Pygmy Owl, below: Wake up! (selected for Birds in Art 2009)

Below: Bay-headed Beeter

Below: Great Hornbill, Thailand 2009

Below: Whinchat ( this is the first version, a second version with ink and watercolor was selcted for Birds in Art 2006

Above: Tuscany (Hoopoe), Below Bohemian Waxwings

Below: Extremadura

Above: Stoneshat, Below: Merlin, selected for Birds in Art 1998

Above: Tuscany (Serin), below: Willow Warbler

Below: Little Egret

Above : Ked Knots (selected for Birds in Art 2001), below: Great Tits