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Wild Dolphins Artists
Thank you to our wonderful artists who have designed and created such works of art for Wild Dolphins – read more about them below.

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Adeona

It is much quoted that we are each on a personal journey. I am engrossed with maps that literally and metaphorically illustrate this passage. I am interested in the Diaspora that comes from the cause and effect of migration of … Continue reading

Aegir

Aegir

My design was based on the theme ‘Jewels of the Sea’, representing the sea’s beauty and power to light the imagination. Living in Orkney and working with Sheila Fleet, it’s clear why island waters have been such a magnificent source … Continue reading

Along the Way

Along the Way

Trees, river, light, reflection, branches. I will paint the atmosphere and detail that reveal the landscape of the River Don which borders my garden, I will try to illustrate some of its character and mood as the waters make their … Continue reading

Amo la Vida

Amo la Vida

Amo la Vida means ‘I love life’ and reflects dolphins playful, sociable and happy nature.  Rhona Torrence was inspired by her love of all things Spanish as well as different textures and bright colours.  She has used lots of different and recycled materials in making … Continue reading

Archie

Archie

“The ARCHIE Foundation ‘Makes the Difference’ for sick children and their families in the North of Scotland. They work with the NHS to provide all the ‘extras’ that really do transform a sick child’s time in hospital and even improve … Continue reading

Bird Ballet

Bird Ballet

Bird Ballet is a colourful and complex murmuration of endangered birds. They are composed in a double helix, rhythmically performing an intuitive ballet, wing tips touching, around the 3D surface of the dolphin. Designed by Allan Lawson Sponsored by Inverurie Precast Ltd http://inverurieprecast.co.uk/

Bon Accord Beauty

Bon Accord Beauty

Inspired by the heritage and reputation for beautiful summer floral displays in Aberdeen Lesley Mckenzie has shown some of Aberdeen’s most iconic buildings, famous roses and the Bon Accord coat of arms. http://lesleydmckenzie.com/Sponsored by Visit Aberdeen http://www.visitaberdeen.com/

Bubbles

Bubbles

Inspired by the extensive history, culture and natural beauty on our doorsteps, Fiona Chance wanted to portray the diverse range of images which come to mind when thinking of Aberdeen and the surrounding areas”.Sponsored by Aberdeen Inspired http://www.aberdeeninspired.com/

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Swimmers of the World

The buzz words for the athletes taking part in the Aquatic events at the commonwealth games this year are power, propulsion, precision and daring, but I think they also capture some of the grace and fluidity of aquatic mammals. Watching … Continue reading

Creels, Crans and Currachs

Creels, Crans & Currachs

Aberdeen is surrounded on three sides by the beautiful countryside.  Helen was inspired by her interest of willow and basket weaving.  Naturally she saw her design as being woven with willow, determined largely by the materials and techniques used in basket making. Historically, … Continue reading

D-Rex

D-Rex

Designed by Lewis Fraser and Keiren McDonald Sponsored by Robert Gordon University

Delphinus - Star Navigator

Delphinus- Star Navigator

Inspired by tales of dolphins in mythology, saving sailors and discovering the   constellation of Delphinus ‘I wanted to celebrate Aberdeen’s connections with the ocean and depict this dolphin as a celestial navigator’.Designed by Penny Downes Sponsored by Subsea 7 http://www.subsea7.com/en/index.html

Dia del Delfin

Dia del Delfin

Designed by Really Nice Collective Sponsored by 10 Dollar Shake

Disco

Disco

Designed by Helen Stephenson Sponsored by www.thesperatusgroup.com  

Diver

Diver

Diver dolphin is to recognise the hard work of our divers in the North East. Designed by Lesley D. McKenzie Sponsored by National Hyperbaric Centre

Don the Dolphin

Don

Living and working on King Street in Aberdeen, the parade of Aberdeen Football Club fans on their way to Pittodrie is a regular sight.  Taking inspiration from my home team, I have designed ‘Don the Dolphin’ Sporting the red and … Continue reading

Doric Dialect

Doric Dialect

The design is comprised of Scots, Gaelic and Doric words drawn in an illustrative and descriptive typography.  “I’ve always loved using words & pictures to communicate & inspire and feel that the dolphin project is a brilliant vehicle for my practice”.Designed by Gabrielle Reith … Continue reading

Eric

Eric

Tribute to artist Eric Auld FRSA (1931 – 24 December 2013). Eric’s support and enthusiasm for the Wild Dolphins project meant a lot to the Wild Dolphins team. He had intended to paint one of our dolphins for the trail, … Continue reading

Funky D

Funky D

Inspired by Ishy Walter’s love of dragons, mythical creatures and magical colours are added together to make Funky D. ‘I’d like him with me on my journeys into the imagination.’ http://ishywalters.com/Sponsored by Millstream http://www.millstreamassociates.co.uk/Company.aspx  

Golfin

Golfin

Designed by Gordon Henry Sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Great Wave

The Great Wave

Inspired by the iconic print ‘The Great Wave at Kanagawa’ by Hokusai, Annie Scott   worked on this design as great waves were crashing on the rocks by her house.   ‘I often think of the dolphins out in the bay, … Continue reading

Harlequin

Harlequin

Designed by Neil Haston Sponsored by Friends of Wild Dolphins

Hope

Hope

As a marine biologist and nature enthusiast, wildlife and the wild landscape have always inspired me. This design was developed to illustrate the beautiful scenery on our doorstep here in Aberdeen and the array of wildlife shaping it. Designed by Alice … Continue reading

Inky Blooms

Inky Blooms

Spending most of my time in rural surroundings, some inspiration has been taken from seasonal surroundings. The Swallows have been keeping me company in my shed for the duration and bumble bees have shown some interest in Inky’s bright colours! … Continue reading

Kelpie

Kelpie

Kirsty Anderson’s botanical collage shows the importance and beauty in all the natural recourses of the ocean, focusing on the kelp that Dolphins are known to swim, play and hide in. The seaweed patterns are attached on to the dolphin using a decoupage technique. … Continue reading

Krista

Krista

My design incorporates glass mosaic tiles in a variety of colours and tones as per the attached drawing.  The wave that the dolphin surfs on will be made from mirrored mosaic tiles to represent the reflective waters.  My design has … Continue reading

Lottie

Lottie

Erika Mackintosh won the Evening Express ‘Design a Dolphin’ Reader competition with this winning design ‘Lottie’ which gives us a glimpse into the scottish underwater world that dolphins live in from the murky depths to the sparkling waters above. The … Continue reading

Luna

Luna

My dolphin design is inspired by the ‘lunar pareidolia’ phenomenon of perceiving images in the moons surface, most commonly ‘the man in the moon’. I allude to the old man in the moon fairytales, rhymes and illustrations that left an … Continue reading

Montgomery

Montgomery

Designed by Shelagh Swanson Sponsored by Tenants First & Sanctuary Group www.tenants-first-housing.co.uk

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

“The Northern Lights of old Aberdeen Mean home sweet home to me The Northern Lights of old Aberdeen Are what I long to see I’ve been a wanderer all of my life Any many a sight I’ve seen God speed … Continue reading

Oceanic Dance

Oceanic Dance

Inspired by the wide variety of culture and beauty found in Aberdeen from The Jazz Festival, science and scenery, all are represented in ‘wave’ shapes, creating movement. Danielle Callaghan used waves to reflect not only the dynamic quality of Aberdeen’s culture, but the … Continue reading

The Octopus Within

The Octopus Within

Lauren Fox was inspired by the idea that all is not necessarily what it seems. We all have an inner world, and this design is a humorous, more literal take on what the inner world of a dolphin might look like.Designed by Lauren … Continue reading

Orion

Orion

Alanna Butchart was inspired by her love for painting and sketching sky environments. Not wanting to be totally realistic giving it an illustrated feel and give the impression of peering into someone’s sketchbook.Designed by Alanna Butchart Sponsored by Dolphin Drilling http://www.dolphindrilling.no/

Phospho

Phospho

Inspired by the beauty of the seas, often unseen and at night, a whole different world is visible. Portraying shoals of fish that exist to support the whole ecosystem within the sea and outside it. Designed by Louise Gardner Sponsored by ARR Craib www.arr-craib.co.uk

Pola

Pola

Designed by Colin Brown Sponsored by Skilled Offshore

Poppy

Poppy

I first noticed Poppies growing by the Dee at Abegeldy many years ago. I painted them, and I planted some seeds at The Crofts Cottage.  Every year since, I have painted a poppy painting – their beauty, rabbit proof nature … Continue reading

Rainbow

Rainbow

Rainbow is inspired by the weather at sea, unpredictable, glorious and with unseen beauty over the horizon. Designed by Sophie Green Sponsored by McKenzie Print http://mckenzie-print.com  

Reddy

Reddy

“I thought that a pirate dolphin would have been a really funny subject, for kids and adults. Sometimes a pirate can be a negative character but obviously if you match it with a dolphin it becomes straight away a positive … Continue reading

Rocky

Rocky

Rocky celebrates how geological knowledge can help with or understanding of our sentient cousins, it also celebrates Aberdeen’s history of exploration below the home of the dolphin. The colours for the main part of the dolphin come from the International … Continue reading

Sea Dog

Sea Dog

Sea Dog celebrates both industry in Aberdeen and the natural form of dolphins.  It contrasts the awesome man-made power and feats of engineering required to build ships that withstand the fearsome North Sea docked in Aberdeen Harbour and the effortless … Continue reading

Skipper

Skipper

Skipper is inspired by the boats and their crews who fish in the North Sea to provide for our communities’ Designed by Sophie Green www.sophie-green.com Sponsored by Craig Group www.craig-group.com

Souvenir of Aberdeen

Souvenir of Aberdeen

Designed by Jenny Haytch Sponsored by Aberdeen City Council

Spider Dolphin

Spider Dolphin

You know who I am… Your friendly neighbourhood spiderdolphin. Designed by Steve Yule Sponsored by Xcite Media

Spot

Spot

The dolphin and the leopard are both iconic creatures which feature in heraldry and have strong connections within Aberdeen. In 2014, The Leopard magazine is celebrating its 40th anniversary in print and using copies of the Leopard from across all four decades, the body of … Continue reading

Tree's a crowd

Tree’s a crowd

Designed by Ingles Thorburn Sponsored by Simmons & Company 

Unquenched defiance to the stars

An Unquenched Defiance to the Stars

Designed by Loz Atkinson Sponsored by The Chester Hotel

Wooly

Wooly Wallace

Inspired by Scotland’s rich tradition of knitted woollen textiles, Wooly, will have a   knitted skin of geometric patterns in strong contrasting colours arranged in   a patchwork design.  The knitted dolphin will appeal to the public as they will notice the … Continue reading

WW100 Trevor Warphin

WW100 Trevor Warphin

Trevor Warphin is a mix of a number of WW2 planes from Britain, America and NZ as a tribute to our forefathers and remembrance of WW100. His mouth is an American P40 Warhawk with sharks teeth and a moving propeller. … Continue reading

Yellow Dolphmarine

Yellow Dolphmarine

Aberdeen has been described as the ‘UK’s submarine capital’ with its long tradition of submarine manufacture and development. Made in Aberdeen, we can imagine what adventures this pluck ‘Yellow Dolphmarine’ has as it dives under the sea into the world below where beauty and … Continue reading