Stories from the Bushveld

Patience, a necessity in painting… and leopard stakeouts too!

“Wow, you must have a great deal of patience “! That’s probably one of the most common remarks I receive from anyone viewing my artwork. I do enjoy producing finely detailed oil paintings. And yes, it does require a huge amount of focus and attention, fervent dedication to the task at hand. That’s how I …

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Kruger Marula Trees – they conceal interesting things within their branches!

  We left camp early, just as the gates opened. It was the middle of summer and the bush was thick with the splendor and sparkle of early morning , bathed in the fiery orange glow of daybreak. We made our way slowly along, encountering hyena and plenty of general game as we went. Looking …

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My first “on foot” big cat encounter- a tale of levitation.

  The following was taken from an email sent back home during May 2012, a few weeks after I had started working as a field guide/hostess (and just about everything else) in a private big 5 reserve in KZN. Having no guests in camp, my managers/friends invited me to join them at their house for dinner …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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- …

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