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  • People often ask us, "How long does it take to paint an original?" I try to explain 50 years of making a living as an artist, painting 7 days a week 6 to 10 hours a day, Traveling to over 55 countries for original and authentic subjects, dreaming...


 We thoroughly enjoyed sampling Jerrysartarama paints, canvases and Kolinsky and Winsor Newton brushes while Gamini taught the class how to paint Blue and Gold Macaws. We experimented with proportion, lighting, washes, and subtle backgrounds.  We are looking forward to...


Eight excited students came to the Hidden Forest Art Gallery recently to learn different techniques for painting Toucans. We are so happy with how they came out after just one lesson!

Keep a lookout for our next workshops. :D


 Keep Nat Smiling

Exciting Update:  The Natalie Ratnavira Education Center has been fully funded.  Including the first scholarship of $500.  For interested students of flora/fauna, reserchers, university students or wildlife conservation artisits or writers please submi...


Check out the great original article HERE.

Gamini Ratnavira was born and raised in tropical Sri Lanka. As a self-taught artist he uses his photographic memory and life experiences to produce vibrant, colorful images of the rain forest flora and fauna, which are complime...


Yapa, A., and G. Ratnavira. 2013. The Mammals of Sri
Lanka. Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka, Department
of Zoology, University of Colombo, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka.
1,012 pp. ISBN: 978-955-8576-32-8, price (hard cover),
Rs. 7500.
© 2015 American Society o...


The auction for United States Association of Reptile Keepers USARK raised $4,000 at the Reptile Super Show with Gamini's donation of the Blue Monitor Lizard painted for the Reptile Super Show's t-shirt.  The bidding war was a delight to watch as the painting sold for $...


Crossing Continents with a Sketchbook

(Article from The Sunday Times)

Original Link Here

Internationally acclaimed professional wildlife artist Gamini Ratnavira who will be in Sri Lanka to launch his latest book, an autobiography, talks to Kumudini Hettiarachchi

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 Gamini and LIsa with "Brushes with Nature" publishers Fiona and Asoka Yappa at the Dec. 16th launch in Sri Lanka 

 Images from "Brushes with Nature" written and illustrated by Gamini Ratnavira a delightful early years biography including many of the pets he raised...


And Yet... "As a gossamer floret I danced into my destiny earnestly blooming with sunshine and carrying my grandmother's identity, too. My yellow petals fell away one by one as I transformed into a full moon of alabaster wishes leaving me heady with possibili...

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