David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year - Shortlisted


Art On Bassett

Hellenic Academy, Harare

'Save Our Nzou'

Tsoko Gallery, Harare

I was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and spent part of my childhood on a farm just outside Chinhoyi, a small town north of Harare. It was here where my affinity with wild animals took hold, with the farm being home to an incredible array of mammals, birds and reptiles. My love for drawing followed soon after, and it felt only natural for me to combine these two passions of mine from a young age, and throughout my school years.  

Art unfortunately took a back seat when I moved to Cape Town to attend university in 2012, and for a good few years, I didn’t so much as pick up a pencil. However, upon returning to Zimbabwe in 2017, and with a lot of spare time on my hands, I rekindled my love with drawing and art, and have not looked back. I have since relocated to London, and while art remains a massive part of my life, my heart constantly yearns to return to the wild of Africa.

In 2020, I was fortunate enough to be shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition, which had been a goal of mine when I re-started my art journey.

David Shepherd, along with Craig Bone and Larry Norton, were huge influences growing up, and played a large part in me wanting to become a wildlife artist. From a more personal perspective, another influence while I was growing up was my cousin, Cherie Marais, a hobby artist from Zimbabwe, who still pushes me and encourages me to this day.

I believe an intrinsic part of being an artist, and in particular one that focuses on wildlife and animals as subject matter, is the need to contribute towards the conservation and preservation of these animals and the habitats in which they live. For without these magnificent creatures, we would have little to draw inspiration from.