(Chaetops frenatus) The Outcry   I first got acquainted with the Cape Rockjumpers when they were announced by BirdLife South Africa as Bird of the Year 2021. Even though I’ve always been fond of birds, and even painted a number of species, my recent spark of enthusiasm in birding was still in its infancy, and…

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Exploring new subjects When first commissioned to paint two watercolour illustrations of endangered wildlife species, I knew that it was going to challenge my usual painting methodology. The request came from a longstanding client for whom I’ve been painting indigenous tree and bird species since 2012. This year they requested the Ground Pangolin (Smutsia temminckii)…

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Fate, chance, purpose, a predetermined divine plan…how often do we experience seemingly acausal happenings that form part of a picture much bigger than what we can imagine at the moment of its occurrence. This may be what Jung would have described as a synchronicity, or “meaningful coincidence” – a seemingly chance incident that essentially holds…

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