Tacy Kneale is the daughter of writer Nigel Kneale ('Quatermass') and the writer and illustrator Judith Kerr ('The Tiger who came to Tea' and 'When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit').
Tacy trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama and afterwards appeared regularly in theatre and on television throughout the 80s and 90s, and, rather surprisingly, on the front page of the Daily Mirror in 1986 for her role in the controversial BBC drama ‘Dead Head’.
At the same time she began working in animatronics as an art finisher, doing detailed work painting, furring, flocking and feathering creatures for films including 'Dog Soldiers', 'Animal Farm' and the first four Harry Potter movies.
To improve her skills she went to art classes, studying life drawing, painting and illustration.
As her interest in painting grew, she moved from capturing reflections in steel shackles and hooks to insects, becoming fascinated by their alien forms.
Initially she painted flies and bees. Then she took pictures of exotic creatures at the Natural History Museum and worked from them, but then finding this limiting, she started her own collection so she was freer to experiment with viewpoints and lighting to achieve what she wanted.
She has recently returned to painting ‘ordinary’ insects.
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