Hi there, I'm Craig Austin. I enjoy painting a wide range of wildlife and coastal themed subjects, capturing my chosen subjects in meticulous detail. With my grounding in Scientific Illustration, I still use the same observation and drawing skills to now create accurate and colourful framed art.

I paint mainly in acrylic - on board, canvas or paper, whichever best suits the size and subject matter. I only sell hand painted originals, and currently do not supply prints of my work.

"This is a most lovely painting,

beautifully composed and executed..."

Read a selection of Reviews from my customers.


I started my career as a freelance illustrator in the mid 1980’s, after studying Scientific Illustration at Middlesex Polytechnic, London. I produced work for a wide range of sectors over the years, including; wildlife illustrations for publishing, commercial art for advertising, and hyper-realistic fruit & food paintings for packaging. I worked on many high profile brands for marketing agencies in London. This was back in the 'old days' when everything was drawn by hand, before the digital age took over! My preferred field and passion however was for wildlife, and I created scientific illustrations for numerous books, magazines and stamps.

In 2001, I decided to have a break from the illustration business and retrained to start a new career as a Web Designer. After a few years of working for design and multimedia companies, I went into partnership and setup a web design & marketing company. After 15 years of successfully running the business, I retired from the web industry completely, and moved to Cornwall to begin painting again.

Latest - I've now moved again and living in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales! I'm semi-retired, but still work part-time in my studio producing a selection of wildlife and coastal themed paintings.

Customer Reviews

I love my painting! It’s really beautiful! You have such great talent! Thank you so much!
Deborah – Alabama, USA

Your painting has arrived safe & secure, it’s perfect, thank you so much, it is exactly what I hoped for, just lovely.
Annette – West Midlands, UK

Hi Craig! I just wanted to let you know that the Orca arrived safely and I cannot even express how much I love the painting. Thank you so much for this beautiful piece of art, it makes me happy whenever I look at it.
Sabina – Prague, Czech Republic

I am very happy with the Godrevy painting my wife will love it !
Gary – Northants, UK

Just to let you know the paintings arrived safely this morning. They are truly beautiful. My hubby will be so pleased with them.
Bridget – Norwich, UK

This is a most lovely painting, beautifully composed and executed. It arrived very promptly in appropriate packaging. I recommend Craig’s work and site wholeheartedly.
Carolyn – North Yorkshire, UK

The paintings are wonderful and we will probably be in touch again in the future as this could get addictive!
Gail – Devon, UK

I am glad to tell you that the painting arrived on time and my girlfriend is super happy with it. Thank you for your efforts and – of course – for the beautiful painting!
Matthias – Vienna, Austria

Painting received safely and is beautiful. Thank you.
Susan – West Sussex, UK