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Resting Fighter by Maria Abeyesekere

Wildlife Art in Sri Lanka

Residing amidst the untamed landscapes of Sri Lanka's Central Highlands, I am immersed in a world where endemic wildlife and birds freely roam, enriching my artistic inspiration daily. The graceful presence of endemic and migratory birds gracing my garden in daylight, juxtaposed with the nocturnal majesty of Sri Lanka's apex predator, the Panthera Pardus Kotiya, stirring the shadows in search of prey, paints a vivid picture of nature's raw beauty. As an artist specializing in hyperrealism wildlife art, I have been blessed with the privilege of observing these creatures up close, channeling their essence into captivating artworks for over two decades. Sri Lanka's unparalleled biodiversity makes it a haven for exotic species, fueling my passion to create intricate and lifelike portrayals of its inhabitants. Whether you seek to own one of my original creations or envision a personalized masterpiece featuring your favorite wildlife or bird, I welcome both individual enthusiasts and corporate clients to embark on this artistic journey with me.

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International Wildlife Events 2024

AAA Autumn Exhibition - from 10th Nov'23 to 5th Dec'23

The Station, Station Yard, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4LD

AAA Spring Exhibition - from 29th Mar'24 to 25th Apr'24  Rose Paterson Gallery, Western Park, UK

AAA Online Exhibition - from 24th Jun'24 to 14th Jul'24

AAA Annual Charity Art Auction - from 1st Aug'24 to 31st Aug'24

AAA Autumn Exhibition - from 11th Oct'24 to 5th Nov'24

A wildlife drawing by Maria Abeyesekere

Checkout on Available Original Wildlife Art

Wildlife Art Commissions

If you appreciate the beauty of wildlife art and wish to own a similar piece, I am available for commissions. I can create a series of stunning artworks featuring endemic species, tailored to adorn your home, office, hotel, or any space where you desire to cultivate a natural ambiance.

Coming for You, bird art by Maria Abeyesekere
Hide & Seek, wildlife drawing by Maria Abeyesekere
Long walker, wildlife painting by Maria Abeyesekere

Wildlife in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a country that is renowned for its incredible wildlife. It is a destination that is highly sought after by nature enthusiasts and animal lovers alike, who are drawn to the island's diverse range of ecosystems. These ecosystems are characterized by their unique features, which range from lush rainforests to arid plains. As a result of this diversity, Sri Lanka is home to a vast array of animal species, each of which has adapted to its specific environment.  

Sri Lanka boasts a rich and varied wildlife population, encompassing a wide range of species, including some of the largest and most impressive creatures on the planet. Visitors to the island's national parks and reserves can marvel at the majestic elephants, which are renowned for their size and strength, as well as the powerful leopards, which are known for their speed and agility. In addition to these iconic animals, Sri Lanka is also home to a number other notable species, such as sloth bears, water buffalo, and sambar deer, all of which contribute to the country's unique and diverse ecosystem. With so much to see and explore, Sri Lanka is a must-visit destination for anyone with an interest in wildlife and the natural world.

As an experienced wildlife and nature artist, I have had the pleasure of working with a diverse of clients from all over the world who share a passion for the natural world. Over the course of my career, I have observed that there are certain types of wildlife art that are particularly sought after by my clients. 

Sri Lankan Elephant

The Sri Lankan Elephant, a magnificent creature that is indigenous to Sri Lanka, is renowned for its intelligence, social behavior, and cultural significance. However, this majestic animal is currently facing the threat of extinction due to the loss of its natural habitat and poaching. It is of utmost importance that we take measures to safeguard these magnificent creatures and their habitats, so that they can continue to thrive and be appreciated by future generations.

Top predator of Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan Leopard

The Panthera pardus kotiya, commonly referred to as the Sri Lankan leopard, is a formidable predator that reigns supreme in the wilds of Sri Lanka. This majestic big cat easily recognizable by its striking tawny coat adorned with black rosettes, which serves as a testament to the island's diverse and vibrant ecosystem. Unfortunately, the Sri Lankan leopard is currently classified as a critically endangered species, which highlights urgent need for conservation efforts to protect and preserve this magnificent creature. By working together to safeguard the future of the Sri Lankan leopard, we can ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to witness the beauty and power of this iconic predator.

Sri Lankan Sambar Deer

The Sri Lankan Sambar deer is a sub-species of the Sambar deer that is found exclusively in Sri Lanka. These majestic creatures are known for their large size and impressive antlers, as well as their dark brown coat. As one of the largest species of Sambar deer, they are an important part of Sri Lanka's rich biodiversity and can be found in a variety of habitats throughout the country.

Sri Lankan Wild Water Buffalo

Among Sri Lanka's many fascinating creatures is a unique species of water buffalo that inhabits wetlands and grasslands of the island. Known as the wild water buffalo or the Asian buffalo, this majestic animal has been an integral part of Sri Lanka's culture and history for centuries. However, despite its cultural significance and ecological importance, the wild water buffalo is currently classified as an endangered species due to various threats to its survival, including habitat loss, poaching, and human-wildlife conflict. Nevertheless, conservation efforts are underway to these magnificent creatures and their habitat, and visitors to Sri Lanka can witness these gentle giants in their natural habitat and learn more about the important role they play in the island's ecosystem.

Owls that can be seen in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is home to a variety of owl species, each with its unique characteristics and behaviors. From the majestic Brown Fish Owl to the elusive Serendib Scops Owl, these birds of prey are a fascinating sight to behold. Whether you're a bird enthusiast or simply the beauty of nature, Sri Lankan owls are a must-see for any traveler visiting the island.

Crested Hawks in Sri Lanka

Crested hawks are a particular species of hawk that can be found in Sri Lanka's diverse bird population. These birds are known for their distinctive crests on their heads, which add to their unique appearance. With their sharp beaks and talons, crested hawks are skilled hunters and can often be seen swooping down to catch their prey. Sri Lanka's natural habitats provide the perfect environment for these fascinating birds to thrive.

Endemic Birds of Sri Lanka

As a passionate bird lover and artist, I have been creating sets of these beautiful creatures for years, specifically for those who visit Sri Lanka for bird watching. Each painting and drawing is a unique artwork of the endemic birds found in Sri Lanka, capturing their beauty and essence.

Looking for a unique and meaningful addition to your art collection? Check out my collection of original wildlife art inspired by the beauty of Sri Lanka. Whether you're a wildlife enthusiast or looking for a thoughtful gift, my collection offers something for everyone.  Browse now for originals or commission your favourite wildlife and take a piece of Sri Lanka with you.

Why you should commission wildlife art of Sri Lankan wildlife

Commissioning wildlife art of Sri Lankan wildlife is wonderful to celebrate the unique and diverse wildlife found in this beautiful country. Sri Lanka is home to many endemic species that cannot be found anywhere else on earth, making it a truly special place for wildlife enthusiasts. By commissioning a piece of wildlife art, you can capture the essence of these amazing creatures and bring a piece of Sri Lanka's natural beauty into your home or office.

Wildlife Art Commissions of Sri Lankan Wildlife: Celebrating the Beauty of Nature

Are you a wildlife enthusiast looking to bring the stunning beauty of Sri Lanka's unique wildlife into your home or office? Commissioning a piece of wildlife art is a wonderful way to celebrate the diverse and endemic species that call this island nation home. Let's explore how wildlife art commissions of Sri Lankan wildlife can help you capture the essence of these amazing creatures and showcase the natural beauty of Sri Lanka.

The Beauty and Diversity of Sri Lankan Wildlife

Sri Lanka is a wildlife lover's paradise, with a wide range of species that inhabit its lush forests, rolling hills, and pristine coastlines. From the majestic Sri Lankan elephant to the elusive leopard, the island is home to a wealth of wildlife that is sure to captivate any observer. Commissioning a piece of wildlife art allows you to showcase the unique beauty and diversity of Sri Lankan wildlife in a unique and meaningful way.

Capturing the Essence of Sri Lankan Wildlife Through Art

When you commission a piece of wildlife art, you are not just purchasing a painting  – you are investing in a one-of-a-kind piece that captures the very essence of the animal it portrays. Whether it's the striking colors of a Sri Lankan peacock or the graceful movements of a herd of deer, wildlife art allows you to bring the natural world into your home or office in a way that is both beautiful and meaningful.


Supporting Conservation Efforts

By commissioning a piece of wildlife art featuring Sri Lankan wildlife, you are not only celebrating the beauty of nature – you are also supporting conservation efforts. Many wildlife artists work closely with conservation organizations to raise awareness and funds for the protection of endangered species and their habitats. By purchasing their art, you are helping to support these important causes and make a positive impact on the future of Sri Lanka's wildlife.


How to Commission Wildlife Art of Sri Lankan Wildlife

Commissioning a piece of wildlife art is a simple and rewarding process. Contact me to discuss your vision and ideas for the piece, and we'll work together to create a custom artwork that brings your favorite Sri Lankan animals to life. Your commissioned piece will be a unique and personal tribute to the beauty of Sri Lankan wildlife that you can enjoy for years to come.


Wildlife art commissions of Sri Lankan wildlife are a wonderful way to celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature and conservation efforts, and bring a piece of Sri Lanka's natural splendor into your home or office. Whether you are a seasoned wildlife enthusiast or just someone who appreciates the wonders of the natural world, commissioning a piece of wildlife art is a truly special experience that will enrich your life and surroundings. So why wait? Start your wildlife art commission journey today and embark on a creative adventure that celebrates the magic of Sri Lankan wildlife like never before.

Supporting Conservation Organizations through Art


As an active member of the Association of Animal Artists in the UK, I have been able to contribute to fundraising efforts for various wildlife conservation organizations. Through art auctions, exhibitions, and online sales, I have helped raise funds to support initiatives aimed at protecting endangered species and their habitats.
One organization that I am particularly passionate about is Sketch for Survival, which raises awareness and funds for wildlife conservation through art. By donating my artwork to their annual fundraising events, I have been able to make a meaningful contribution to their cause.


Creating Awareness through Art

Art has a unique ability to connect with people on an emotional level and raise awareness about conservation issues. Through my wildlife paintings and drawings, I aim to inspire others to take action and support conservation efforts.
By depicting the beauty of endangered species and their natural habitats, I hope to create a sense of urgency and responsibility in preserving our natural world for future generations.


Collaborating with Wildlife Welfare Organizations

In addition to supporting fundraising efforts, I also collaborate with wildlife welfare organizations to directly contribute to conservation projects. By donating a portion of the proceeds from my art sales, I am able to support fieldwork, research, and rehabilitation efforts that are essential for the protection of wildlife.
Through these collaborations, I have witnessed firsthand the impact that art can have in shaping conservation policies and priorities. By using my artistic skills to communicate important conservation messages, I have been able to reach a wider audience and inspire others to get involved in wildlife conservation.


Art has the power to make a significant impact on wildlife conservation efforts. By supporting fundraising initiatives, raising awareness, and collaborating with conservation organizations, artists can play a crucial role in protecting our planet's biodiversity.
As an artist, I am proud to be part of a community that is dedicated to using creativity for a greater purpose. Together, we can make a difference in preserving the beauty and diversity of our natural world for generations to come. Let's continue to support wildlife conservation through art and make a positive impact on the future of our planet.
Remember, every brushstroke counts in the fight to save our world's wildlife.
From Sketch for Survival to Wildlife Welfare, my art has made a difference in supporting these conservation efforts. Join me in using art as a powerful tool for change.

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