'Darren Rees's observational powers create some of the most beautiful images in modern British wildlife painting today.' WWT

' If I fantasise about my Desert Island Paintings the ten works which I would wish to be shipwrecked with - along with the Van Gogh's, the Vermeer's, Miro's and Rothko's would be one by Darren Rees. Darren can paint properly, a rare skill, and that he paints wildlife subjects is fortunate for those of us who share his passion for the subject.' Chris Packham