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Carry AkroydbornBorn 1953

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Books and dust jackets featuring Dan Powell's illustrations and artwork.

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Well known as a bird artist Dan's interest in dragonflies took off when they colonised a new habitat initiative in a local nature reserve, in Titchfield Haven. Dan was able to use his considerable experience of drawing and painting birds in their environment, to depict dragonflies as they really exist. Often depicting dragonflies on the wing, were given an insight to fleeting glimpses of dragonfly hunting, courtship displays, pairing, egg laying and resting. Field craft is at the essence of Dans work; he adamantly refused to use a butterfly net to capture dragonflies in order to enforce a greater degree of observation. They are as he has seen them unaware of his presence.

Dan Powell has received an Artists for Nature Award and the Bird Illustrator of the Year Award.

His work has appeared in numerous wildlife and conservation publications & books over the years - including The Red Kite and Barn Owl - Arlequin Press and The Bird Table Book with Tony Soper.

"It is impossible to say why so much satisfaction can be gained from close encounters with humble species such as Dragonflies.The fact is, it can. Dont try to rationalise it or excuse it. Just do it. The more you do it the easier it becomes, but the pleasure never diminishes."

Dan Powell
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Dan PowellbornBorn 1960