Reg Snook


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Throughout much of his life Reg Snook has worked with wild birds and art. He set up his own commercial art firm, and for a time was a representative of the RSPB. A co-founder of the Suffolk Ornithological Group, he was a Wildlife Inspector for DEFRA for 29 years, specialising in birds of prey. He was a great friend of Bert Axell, the man who created The Scrape at Minsmere bird reserve, where he helped Bert, wielding nothing more than a shovel!

Reg writes a fortnightly 'jottings' of wildlife for the Friends of Christchurch Park noticeboard in Ipswich. A selection of these jottings, along with illustrations, was published in 2011 in a book entitled "Portrait of a Park". This was followed by another book in 2012 entitled "Portrait of an Owl" featuring Christchurch Park's famous tawny owl "Mabel" as well as other owls found in Suffolk.

Having focused on wildlife painting for many years, Reg had a significant change of direction in 2001 when he turned his talents to portraiture and, with the backing of The Lord Cranworth, painted portraits of the workforce of the Cranworth Estate. At his studio in Grundisburgh, Reg has produced more than 200 portraits of the villagers over the past 12 years. Some of the original sitters have passed away, some have moved on but many more potential subjects have arrived. The portraits have been photographed and placed in six volumes, in the village archives, as a record of Grundisburgh village life. This is an on-going project.

The subjects of Reg's latest commissions are steam engines, including the newly renovated 'King Edward II' and 'The Duchess of Sutherland' that were stationed at the Mid Norfolk Railway based in Dereham.

Reg Snook's studio is in Grundisburgh, Suffolk. Visitors are always welcome.









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