There is something quite exhilarating about finding an indigenous orchid growing wildly where Nature has chosen to sow its seeds. The discovery itself has such potential to inspire great images, to conjure up visualisations that can ignite an urgency to set to work. The first time I encountered Eulophia cucullata was in a lush grassland…

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(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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The scene 2020. The year of flux and disorder. Of isolation. The year the world was forced to recede with the ebb of a global pandemic. 2020. Don’t type it; pick up your pen and feel the motion of these numerals, feel how the line itself becomes fluent as it swells and breaks and swells…

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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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