Observations

People have been asking me how it is that I can make wildlife art like I have been making without having painted or even drawn for so many years and even more so not full time? Good question.

I can’t say exactly why or how except that it’s just this thing inside me. It’s this special thing that has just been brewing away all these years and it’s ready to let itself go now.

But one thing I can say is that observation is key to it all. I have been dragging around the world a collection of pieces I have made over the years and while a good chunk of that work has been given away, I hang on to some of it with a white-knuckle-death-grip. Looking back on things like these butterfly studies it was all about observation. Paint what you see not what you think you know.

I loved collecting butterflies with a passion and I loved painting them with just as much passion and fascination. I wanted to make the most faithful copy of the species I collected. Was deeply inspired by Pennington’s Butterflies of Southern Africa. Mum and Dad gave Riley and I this book one Christmas when we lived in Bulawayo. Such a treasure which I still have with me and I have taken to pouring over it again during our COVID confinement. It’s a hefty tome – rich in science, insights and… observations.

I think observation is key for our life in general. Look hard, see well. See what is not obvious and use these observations to better serve everything that you do in your life. Even the smallest creatures who live fleetingly short lives can offer us something so rich and meaningful if we take the time to look.

Thanks for you time and your ‘observations’ and don’t forget to subscribe if you want a little notification in your inbox when I post updates.

2020-07-08T14:25:52+00:00July 7th, 2020|Art, News, Wildlife Paintings|

Time to get this Art Show on the Road

“I go home to France tomorrow to now start painting in earnest.”

Ha! Famous last words. Here I am sitting in front of a blank white page wondering exactly what to say since that visit to SEWE in February with my parents.

The COVID sideswipe. Talk about flipping our world on its head. I do wonder every day just where this all goes – however that said – I am not brooding over this new state of affairs we find ourselves facing – instead have put the time of confinement and change to very good use.

I decided to take my foot off the gas for the first time in years and years and made the time to just be still. 30 years on the mouse in front of a screen running your own design business is a long haul. So then how wonderful to just be in a quieter place and think about my art and my design career and how these can live side by side and go forward into the future. I took the time to enjoy having nothing special to do. My other half and I loved having the time together to cocoon and nest. It was truly food for the soul.

Then as I felt better rested and peaceful, I started to immerse myself in studying the art world. Now there’s an interesting learning curve! Have come across some truly wonderful people who I look forward to introducing you to. It’s going to be fascinating to watch where it all goes given this new paradigm we’re entering into.

I did some drawings – Mrs Malukimba has already sold and the Dhow Master is still available. I have studied several painting techniques to compliment my own and can’t wait to show you what will come out of that. I started some paintings. The Dressmaker is done and for sale.

I started thinking about how I wanted my web site to look and function. Got into action and here we are – my new web site – all sparkly-shiny-new – ready to rock and roll. Hope you can make the time have a good look around – a little something for everyone. If you fancy looking at how I approach my work then there are some videos here.

Feedback is important and I welcome it so don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact me and let me know your thoughts.

I think we’ll leave it there for now. As always, thanks for giving me your time. Enjoy your stay with me and don’t forget to subscribe if you want a little notification in your inbox when I post updates.

2020-07-08T14:26:35+00:00July 7th, 2020|Art, Design, News|

Art launched at SEWE 2020

I joined my parents at SEWE 2020, showing my paintings for the first time ever at an exhibition. These are the first pieces of wildlife art I have painted in an official capacity and took me 3 weeks to complete.

I went to learn, gather information and measure my work in the context of my fellow artists and what better place than the great collaborative atmosphere of the SEWE show and the charm of Charleston, South Carolina. The ground hornbill has already found a new home; snapped up before the show. The Cape Buffalo with the Ox Pecker and the Lioness are just now being framed so if any of you are interested in purchasing these originals please contact me directly. No prints of these first paintings will be made.

The Cape Buffalo with the Ox Pecker is titled ‘Have You Found it Yet?’ Acrylic on canvas paper and framed. Size of work is: 28 x 22 inches.

The Lioness is titled ‘That’s Close Enough’. Acrylic on paper and framed. Size is: 16 x 12 inches.

I go home to France tomorrow to now start painting in earnest.

2020-06-25T23:17:26+00:00February 24th, 2020|Art, Wildlife Paintings|
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