Fox on Stilts

Creations

Wildlife illustrations by Kate Whittington


Welcome to the temporary home of Fox on Stilts Creations. I specialise in wildlife illustrations in a range of mediums including pencil, watercolour and digital creations. My projects range from art you’d hang on your walls to ilustrations for interpretive signs, science magazines and museum activities.

I’m still working on a new portfolio website but in the meantime you can follow Fox on Stilts on social media:

Facebook: FoxonStiltsCreations
Instagram: fox_on_stilts_creations
Twitter: @Fox_on_Stilts

About me:

From carrying out scuba diving surveys in Fiji, to completing my dissertation on lethal control of wolf populations in British Columbia, my passion for nature has lead me to gather knowledge of wildlife, and our relationship with it, from around the globe. I have a BSc in Environmental Science with a Year in North America from the University of East Anglia and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London, and have taken short courses in Natural History Illustration at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey and in Enhanced Illustration at Central Saint Martins. Helping to promote biodiversity conservation has always been an underlying driver in all that I do and I love the opportunity to work on rare, unusual or less typically charismatic species, with the desire to engage present and future generations with wildlife conservation, climate change and sustainability issues.

Alongside my illustration projects I also work part time as an Interpretation Developer at the Natural History Museum, London – a constant source of inspiration!

Why Fox on Stilts?

As indicated by the logo, the name ‘Fox on Stilts Creations’ was inspired by my favourite animal – the maned wolf. Not truly a wolf or a fox, but being the only species in its genus (Chrysocyon), the maned wolf is nicknamed ‘fox on stilts’ due to its fox-like appearance and long stilt-like legs, useful for wading through the long grass of the Brazilian cerrado they call home.

Although I’d heard of them before, I first encountered one of these animals at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey. Her name was Eva and, as one of the keepers explained to me, she had recently lost her mate. Every night from my room I would hear her strange ‘roar-bark’ as she called for the missing male. We were let into the park early each day to sketch and always I headed straight to Eva’s enclosure to catch a glimpse of her elusive loping gait emerging from the morning mist. I’m not sure why but I was utterly captivated by this fascinating and quirky creature and I’ve loved them ever since. So when it came to finding a unique, wildlife-related name for my creative endeavours, it was the first thing to come to mind.