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 »

Kicking Off 2016 On A Positive Note!!

Wishing you all a happy, successful, creative and fulfilling year ahead! I must say that 2015 was an incredible year for me personally and I have no doubts that 2016 is going to be even more exciting. I have started this year off on a positive note, having entered the “light Space and Time” online… Read more »

On My Easel- Lilac-breasted Roller Update

You might remember this piece from a few months back, I started working on it in September. There are +- nine pieces keeping me busy currently. Canvases of elephant, leopard, lion, wild dogs, buffalo as well as two individual portraits stand scattered about my studio at present (to name a few). With so much on the go it… Read more »

Portrait Progress

I am so close to completing this work now, I can hardly contain my excitement… The process of painting this portrait has been the most incredible journey for me, I am starting to feel a comfortable sense of satisfaction with my efforts but there’s really so much more to it. This is a piece with true… Read more »

Lion Painting In Progress (1200mm x 700mm)

I think the phrase “go big or go home” is highly appropriate here… I have wanted to do a painting of a lion for the longest time and it has taken me quite a while to locate my ideal reference image. It goes without saying that lions are incredibly tough, rugged creatures, I’ve been looking for a photograph that… Read more »

A trip to the bush… 3×3 off-road “crutching”

Let me just tell you that hobbling around the bush on crutches in no easy task but after my experiences this past weekend I  feel as though I am now a fully competent 3×3 off-road “crutcher”!!!!! I had to learn pretty fast I must say… I suffered an unfortunate sporting injury two weeks ago and… Read more »

Bushveld Shenanigans – I’ll never look at rats the same way again!!

Any amount of time spent living and working in the wilderness is bound to bring about an accumulation of highly entertaining and unusual experiences. Each one unforgettable in its own unique way. I love to relive my personal Bushveld adventures; elephants outside the bedroom window, snakes in the kitchen, a Serval in the kitchen sink,  the occasional lioness in your path-… Read more »

On My Easel – African Wild dogs

The alternative name of “African Painted dogs” has never been more appropriate! During a recent Kruger trip we were delighted to come across a large pack wild dogs (+- 18 members).  It was early evening,  the first suggestions of dusk just beginning to bleed softly through the foliage, a typically serene, almost haunting time of the day. The… Read more »