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Dafila Scott

About the artist

Dafila Scott lives on the edge of the fens, not far from Wicken Fen Nature Reserve and spends her time painting and drawing, She began life as a zoologist but after training and working as one, she turned to drawing and painting, studying under Robin Child at the internationally acclaimed Lydgate Art Research Centre, UK.


Her work is inspired by wildlife, landscape and people and arises from a combination of field sketches, memory and translation.


Working mostly in oils, acrylics and pastels, she has exhibited widely in UK. Recent work includes both figurative and abstract paintings inspired by the fenland around her home and also by visits to Wales, Scotland and South Africa.

In 2011 she visited the Antarctic Peninsula as Artist in Residence for the Friends  of the Scott Polar Research Institute and in 2020 she went on a voyage to the Ross Sea, Antarctica.

"Although much of my recent work is abstract or semi-abstract, it usually begins with a drawing from life. Something in nature takes my eye and I make a drawing which may be quite detailed, or may just be a quick note. In the studio, working from these drawings, a painting will then take on a life of its own."

- Dafila Scott

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