Painting Sir William- Portrait of an old friend

This is an extremely special story, in the most personal sense. I’ve written occasional blogs about this piece throughout the painting process. For the current instalment, I’ve compiled them all together to form one complete story- so yes; it is a rather long and involved tale. However, if you take the time to read it,… Read more »

Hello 2017

  “There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” It was Nelson Mandela who spoke those words and I hear them loud and clear as I plot out my goals for the year ahead. What a beautiful, inspiring and accurate… Read more »

Kruger adventure Oct/Nov 2016

What a wonderful bush adventure this was, two weeks spent travelling from the south of Kruger, to the northern most tip, and then back down south again. My husband travels quite a bit with his work at this time of the year and so, knowing that he was due to spend a couple of weeks away working… Read more »

What’s on my easel…

It’s time to start seeing spots again! I started working on this piece a few weeks back.  I’ve been scouting around for a new leopard image to work off of for quite some time now, eager to track down something rather dissimilar to the last Leopard piece I produced. I eventually came across this beautiful image by http://www.africaimagery.com/gallery/index.php,… Read more »

Sentiment

I was so touched to receive these photos recently… I painted this little owl as commission, ordered by her mother for Margaret, as a gift for her 65th birthday. I blogged recently about the painting process behind this piece, so I thought it would be nice to share the end result. I received the photos… Read more »

Painting Tsendze Owls

One of my favourite spots in Kruger has to be Tsendze rustic camp. I’m not sure if it’s the peace and tranquility that lingers beneath the canopy of Mopani and Apple leaf trees,  or if it’s the beautiful little owls that are concealed within the branches. That being said, a huge part of any stay… Read more »

Kruger inspiration

The best creative inspiration comes from spending time indulging in the things that you’re most passionate about. The drive behind my work is undoubtedly my astute passion for the African wilderness. I’m at my best when I’m in the bush, I feel calm, happy, stimulated and above all fully inspired to pick up a paintbrush! Any… Read more »

A Tribute To Sir William

William Thipe Pilane (known to us as “Rhampo”) was born 1929, died 2015 aged 86. I met Rhampo in 2007 when I went to Botswana to work at a remote little bush lodge in northern Tuli Block. Rhampo  lived at his cattle post next to the Majale River, and was caretaker of the lodge grounds… Read more »

Painting Sir William

I absolutely love portrait work! Painting a portrait of someone you know and respect is a privilege. Depending on the role the subject played in your life the experience can also be emotional, profound in the most personal way. There is just something about bringing to life human emotion on canvas (however subtle it may… Read more »