Sean Milne artist and illustrator

About the artist

Sean Milne is a professional artist, illustrator and woodcarver specialising in natural history. He studied at Hornsey College of Art in London and has lived and worked in rural mid Wales for nearly 40 years.

Based in the heart of the Cambrian mountains in one of the most picturesque parts of Wales, Sean’s work is inevitably influenced by the beauty and isolation of his surroundings.

The local area is home to the rare Red Kite and many other interesting animals, birds and plants, all of which have become subjects of his paintings.

Sean works in various mediums (including inks, acrylics and pencil) but it is with watercolour that he has developed his true expertise. His paintings are beautifully detailed and show a true understanding of the medium. An esteemed artist, Sean has exhibited his work in various venues throughout England and Wales.

Paintings and prints

Sean has a number of original framed paintings for sale. These can be purchased from him directly or during exhibitions. A wide range of fine art giclee prints of his work (available unmounted, mounted or framed) are available via Sean’s Etsy shop and are sold at local galleries. Current stockists of his work include:

  • Oriel Gallery, Crickhowell
  • Sable and Hogg Gallery, Brecon

Sean also welcomes commission. You can contact Sean directly to discuss a potential project or purchase paintings or prints, and he welcomes visits to his studio by arrangement.

Please see the news and events page for details of his latest exhibitions and planned events.

Sean’s career as an illustrator

Having trained in illustration at Hornsey College of Art during the 1960s Sean established a name for himself in the world of natural history illustration, working with UK, European and American publishers on a large number of illustrated books and other publications.

Formally trained in natural history and medical illustration, Sean is expert at creating beautiful yet detailed and fully referenced illustrations.

Over the years he has built up an extensive library of natural history reference materials in order to ensure that his work is always accurate.

Sean has illustrated many medical and reference books; he has also illustrated for children’s literature. He has an adaptable style and will work with the editor to obtain the best possible result.

Just some of the publishing companies that Sean has worked with are Oxford University Press, Dorling Kindersley, BBC Publications, Harper Collins, Readers Digest, Mitchel Beazley, Larousse, Elsevier and Time Life.

Working with wood

Sean’s knowledge of the animal world, in particular his interest in birds, has translated easily into 3D form. He has been carving for many years and uses a range of different types of wood including oak, beech, cherry, ash and lime.

He is interested in using traditional carving techniques and skills to create more abstract interpretations of natural form. He begins by studying the beauty of the wood, following the patterns of the grain and letting the shapes emerge.

He says “I think the freedom and beauty of wood as a medium has enabled me to explore more abstract forms using the natural shape, feel and colour of the wood to create beautiful objects.”

Sean is also developing his skills in relief carving, which involves different techniques, and likes to incorporate Celtic imagery and designs within his carvings.

He can work to commission to provide bespoke designs for carved beams, lintels and other relief surfaces.