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Nature and its beauty inspires me!
I was raised in White River, a town in close proximity to the Kruger National Park. This is the largest of South Africa's wildlife sanctuaries and is a world renowned tourist destination. Throughout my childhood, my family and I paid many visits there. It was my family's romance with the park, and the wildlife which I saw there, in their natural habitat, that has inspired me to become a wildlife artist.
In my earlier years I used oils as a medium and the subjects were either botanical, cultural scenes or portraiture. I found the idea of watercolours and wildlife too daunting to even attempt! That all changed when I saw a completed watercolour by a local artist, Graham Wood. I was intrigued by the use of blank spaces in watercolour. I just had to try it for myself! The challenge was on. I found some reference photographs taken by family members and there was no stopping from there!
My passion grows with every painting I produce. My preferred medium is watercolour and the preferred subject is South African wildlife. As I paint I feel a connectedness to the particular animal. I love to capture the expression in the eyes of the subject and to paint their very essence onto the paper in front of me. I attempt not to detract from the animal I am painting in any way. My philosophy is that "less is more" when painting wildlife.
As with every new artistic medium, watercolour continues to be a growing adventure for me. I strive to paint an art work that captures the simple beauty of nature in order to share, with others, my personal experiences of our natural world.