Sean Milne (1946-2020) was a professional artist, illustrator and woodcarver specialising in natural
history. He studied at Hornsey College of Art in London and lived and worked in rural mid Wales for
over 40 years.
Based in the heart of the Cambrian mountains in one of the most wild and beautiful parts of Wales,
Sean’s work was inevitably influenced by the beauty and isolation of his surroundings. The local area
is home to the Red Kite, Buzzard, and many other interesting animals, birds and plants, all of which
became the subjects of his paintings.
Sean worked in various mediums (including inks, acrylics and pencil) but it is with watercolour that
he developed his true expertise. His paintings are beautifully detailed and show a true
understanding of the medium.
Having made his home in the remote valley of Abergwesyn in 1979, he pursued his career spanning
four decades as a wildlife, botanical and medical illustrator. You will find his work in many popular
field guides and wildlife books.
Later in life he focused on creating beautifully detailed watercolour paintings inspired by the natural
world around him. These feature the wildlife and landscapes of mid Wales that he loved so much,
and explore the unstoppable power and beauty of the natural world. The driving force throughout
Sean’s working life was his deep interest in nature in all its forms. He particularly loved birds and was
incredibly knowledgeable about the natural world, and his powers of observation and keen eye for
detail shine through in all his work.
A husband to Celia, father to four daughters and Grandpa to nine grandchildren, he is very much missed by his family. But his creativity and love of the natural world lives on through his work on our walls.