I don't know why I have this all encompassing desire to paint wildlife........ perhaps I will never know, but when I am painting, then nothing else exists.
I am right back at the scene where I first saw my subject.
Back with the lions of the dry savannah of Savuti or the elephants in the lush vegetation of the Okavango Delta...... It's almost as if time stands still as I relive my memories through painting......
My love of animals has been there for as long as I can remember, along with my desire to draw and paint, so looking back now it seems inevitable that I would become a wildlife artist.
I strive to paint wildlife as accurately as I can, so where possible I like to see the animals in their natural environment, and this has, of course, lead to some very exciting journeys and experiences.
Such as standing only 30 foot away from a female elephant in moonlight, sitting in an open sided jeep with a pride of lions just 10 feet away, or even fishing waist high in the Okavango Delta.
It's these exhilarating and very personal experiences that I believe help me so much in my portrayal of wildlife in it's natural environment.
It's the hidden things that you can truly only experience by being there in person.
Like many wildlife artists, I am deeply involved with conservation.
It seems so common these days that a wildlife artist is involved in conservation, that it has almost become a cliché, and sometimes, I hesitate to mention my own involvement, but conservation does need to be brought to the public attention and the more people that become involved, the better for the wildlife.
To date my involvement has been with THREE primary organizations - all excellent in their own right - the AWF (African Wildlife Foundation), the DFGF (Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund) and most recently CCF - cheetah conservation Fund I can certainly vouch for them all.