traditional one. She graduated from Cambridge University in 2006 having studied pre-clinical Veterinary Medicine and changed tack to establish herself as a highly respected bronze sculptor. Her work was exhibited internationally and focused primarily on private commissions.
In 2009, still eager for adventure and personal challenge, Hannah joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and commissioned into the Army Air Corps. Following a ground tour of Afghanistan with the infantry she qualified as a Lynx helicopter commander and has served all over the world including Germany, Canada and Kenya.
Hannah was awarded several prestigious sculpture commissions during her time in the Army including the Leaping Lynx for the Army Air Corps and the Charging Rhino for the 1st (UK) Armoured Division in Germany. More recently, and whilst deployed in Kenya conducting medical evacuation tasks, Hannah passed the time on standby duty by painting the wildlife that she was camped next to. Hannah now lives and works in Winchester, UK.
Award-winning wildlife and portrait artist
Wild Card winner for 2019 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year
Raised over £50,000 for the Invictus Games through the auction of 6 of her paintings
Ex-military helicopter commander
Hannah Shergold is an exciting and gifted painter and sculptor. In June 2018, having left her role as an Army helicopter pilot only three months earlier, she hosted her first solo exhibition on Pall Mall in the heart of London's art district. Simultaneously she was selected to be the Invictus Games artist for Team UK and raised over £50,000 through the auction of 6 paintings. She also won the only Wild Card position for the 2019 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year and featured in episode 2 where she painted Ashley Walters.
Hannah's journey to artistic recognition has not been a
Since returning from Kenya in 2016 Hannah has developed her style and technique using oil paints and palette knives. Her unique use of horizontal and vertical strokes to break up her paintings brings a geometric element to a subject matter not normally associated with straight lines.
Hannah captures the energy and movement of her subjects with a bold use of impasto paint in vibrant, often unnatural colours. She works quickly to capture a likeness whilst the paint is still wet, moving the medium across the canvas to create the network of layers that are threaded through her work.
Hannah is passionate about the natural world and in particular the relationship between animals and man.