About the Artist
Cory Salmond’s curiosity with drawing began at a young age whilst growing up in a small Australian country town. His self-taught skills began with an interest in sketching Australia’s native fauna. These skills were further developed during his time studying animation and design. Whilst on an extensive overland travel adventure driving a car from London, England to Cape Town, South Africa, Cory’s artistic focus shifted to African wildlife. His ability to reproduce these majestic creatures established his ambition to become a professional artist. He prefers traditional drawing techniques with dry mediums, and whilst his commission work usually consists of reproductions of family pets and homesteads, his true expertise lies in the ability to accurately recreate realistic wildlife pieces using colour pastels and charcoal.
“I hope these artworks not only showcase the pure majesty of these animals, but also highlight their vulnerability at the hands of illegal black-market poachers. I am endeavouring to increase the awareness of these critically endangered wildlife, to ensure they will be around for the future generations to experience.” Cory is one of the directors of the DIWA Zambezi Conservation Fund, which raises awareness for Africa’s wilderness and wildlife.
Cory was shortlisted and selected to exhibit in The David Shepherd Foundation “Wild-life Artist of the Year” 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2020 exhibitions at The Mall Galleries, London.