The Hidden Forest & Ratnaviras' BLOG

We had an amazing day at Wild Wonders please visit them at or call 760-630-9230.

They will be at the Temecula Wine and Balloon festival and have very exciting African tours coming up as well as continuing conservation efforts in Borneo and Africa.


Happy students with their completed Koi paintings Saturday Nov. 17th, 2018 with artist Gamini Ratnavira.

We enjoyed hosting the koi art lesson at our new gallery.  The students explored water, koi and washes with Turner paints supplied by our sponsor www.jerrysartarama....


  • 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...


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 $...


 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...


This Wednesday March 1st we will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm with 20-30 min tours of our aviaries, gardens, reptile enclosures, tanks and tide pool, and wildlife artist Gamini Ratnavira will be painting live in the studio.  Stop by Hidden Forest Art Gallery...


May all living beings

    Be well and happy

May they be health

    And free from disease

May they be free from

    Mental and physical suffering

May they lead a life

    Rich with tolerance

Compassion and patience

May they experience



 Gamini Ratnavira has been a professional wildlife artist for over 48 years, devoting his life to creating the beauty he sees and hopes will remain for future generations. He has traveled to well over 55 countries and depicts accurate flora and fauna in his works of ar...

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