Posts Categorized: Artworks

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 »

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,… Read more »


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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »