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Ramsgate artist Donna Langridge creates wolf artwork for Wildwood

By Katie Davis

Visitors at Wildwood can pack to see artwork installed in its new wolf enclosure.

Ramsgate artist Donna Langridge helped the park celebrate the opening of the enclosure by donating two stunning pieces of custom made pyrography.

The 36-year-old spent more than 90 hours painstakingly burning each individual line onto wood to capture the beauty of Wildwood's wolves Odin and Nuna.

Donna's artwork at Wildwood (1479368) (1479940)
Donna's artwork at Wildwood (1479368) (1479940)

She wanted to make the donation having been inspired by the dedication of the Wildwood staff towards conserving so many endangered species.

Donna said: "I was both delighted and overwhelmed when I was approached by the wonderful Wildwood Trust to do the artwork for their beautiful new wolf enclosure.

"The project was the biggest piece I have ever done and I was worried that I may let them down.

"However, the staff there were so excited and supportive the project soon became an amazing project to be part of.

"I would like to thank Wildwood for giving me this amazing opportunity, for the support and encouragement they gave me and for taking the chance on an artist no one had heard of.

Wildwood wolf
Wildwood wolf

"The kind feedback I have had on the project has been incredibly heart warming and unexpected.

"It was a fantastic project to be included in."

The pieces are displayed just inside the entrance of the enclosure, and are receiving rave reviews.

Dan Farrow, of the Wildwood Trust, said: "We're over the moon with Donna's artwork.

"She has invested many many hours into each design and has perfectly caught the likeness of Odin and Nuna.

"It's exceptional work and we couldn't be happier."

Donna spent 90 hours on the two pieces (1506644)
Donna spent 90 hours on the two pieces (1506644)

An animal lover, Donna started sketching and painting at an early age, but felt too shy to pursue her artwork.

Following the death of her father last year, she decided to honour his memory and follow her dream.

Having showcased some of her work she found that it was very well received and shortly afterwards she tried her hand at the ancient art of pyrography.

She hasn't looked back since and now has her own studio.

Donna can be found on Facebook and Instagram under Love of Grace Studios.

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