Lionel Worrell spent his formative years in the West Indies. At a young age he expressed an avid interest in both wildlife and art. An old tattered copy of Birds of the West Indies by the ornithologist James Bond provided an early insight into the immensely rich wildlife diversity of the region. Art remained an important part of Lionel’s life, with early works mostly consisting of pencil sketches.
One summer Lionel received a book that showcased various paintings by the renowned Canadian wildlife artist Robert Bateman; Lionel was mesmerised by the lifelike images that appeared to capture the very essence of their subjects and to tell complex and fascinating stories. From that point on Lionel has worked to develop his own craft.