A WIDLIFE artist has put his exhibition online due to the latest lockdown.

Robert E Fuller, who has a gallery in Thixendale, will be showcasing his portraits of badgers, foxes, and owls, alongside the photographs and films that inspired them.

“Just because we can’t go out and visit places in person, doesn’t mean we can’t access them online. I hope this exhibition will give people the chance to enjoy my work from the safety and comfort of their homes,” said Robert.

Mr Fuller, who will host a virtual tour of his gallery as part of the exhibition, hopes the multi-media event will lift spirits by offering visitors a way to connect with nature during lockdown.

“During the first lockdown, many people told me that they really enjoyed seeing my paintings, photographs and films of wildlife. I hope this new online event will give them an even deeper connection to wildlife and bring further solace during these difficult times,” he explained.

It will also include a daily “lockdown live” story, featuring live broadcasts of Robert’s work and updates of individual animals living in his garden, among them creatures he helps to rehabilitate into the wild.

And the artist plans to further share the stories of the animals that inspired his artworks via photographs, films and blog posts.

Visitors will be able to book onto free shopping tours of his gift shop where there will be an opportunity to purchase

his artworks, prints and gifts online.

Known for his detailed, realistic work, Mr Fuller uses surveillance cameras hidden in his garden to follow the intimate lives of owls, kestrels, and stoats in his garden.

“My studies reveal so much about the otherwise very secretive lives of owls, kestrels, hares, or badgers and I hope this exhibition will help connect people to these incredible creatures.”

The virtual art show is expected to continue after lockdown so that visitors around the world can continue to view the artwork safely.

“And of course, once we are allowed to visit again, the exhibition will also be here for people who do want to venture out.”

Visitors can access Robert Fuller’s Christmas Exhibition, Connecting with Nature, by visiting robertefuller.com until Thursday, December 24.