The Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland system with the vast floodplain being almost ten times the size of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Unlike the Okavango, however, very little of the Pantanal is formally protected. The region is a seasonally-inundated savanna used for cattle ranching. In recent years, the super-abundant bird life and, more particularly, the … Read more Pantanal – new poster-print in the World Journey Collection
MURCHISON FALLS is Uganda’s largest national park (3,840km2), named for the seven-metre wide chasm through which the full force of the mighty Nile River tumbles. Most of Africa’s large mammal species occur here, as well as almost 500 bird species, including the dinosaur-like Shoebill. Standing 1.4 metres tall, and formerly known as the Whale-headed Stork, … Read more Murchison Falls National Park
If you visit Arizona in springtime (March-April) it is possible to experience the best of the two extremes of North American landscape – flowering desert and snowy forest – within just a few hours’ drive. Based only own trip to Arizona in April 2013, I have now completed vintage-style poster-print designs for these two remarkably … Read more World’s Apart
Bandhavgarh National Park covers an area of 105 km2 in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, with a ‘buffer zone’ of some 700km2 surrounding this core conservation area. Predominant habitats are Sal forest, grassland and bamboo thickets and this is one of the best Indian reserves in which to see tigers; 20 territorial Bengal … Read more New Poster Design – Bandhavgarh
One of my goals with the African Journey Collection of poster-print designs is to create some sort of personal ‘tribute’ to the most absorbing and interesting places that I have been to as an observer of the natural world. In this way, most of my illustrated designs can be regarded as autobiographical, reflecting my own … Read more Magaliesberg – Cape Vulture Colony
The Kgalagadi is a vast wilderness region shared by Botswana and South Africa, incorporating the former Mabuasehube and Kalahari Gemsbok National Parks, and a large area in-between. It is a favourite destination of adventure camping and 4×4 enthusiasts. In this design a Northern Black Korhaan watches a Land Rover Discovery as it crests a dune … Read more New Design – KGALAGADI
Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is undoubtedly one of the continent’s great wonders. Dramatically beautiful landscapes, contiguous with the vast Serengeti, supporting an incredible density of wildlife. The bathtubs at the remarkable andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge face picture windows that embrace this magnificent view! In this poster-print design, an Augur Buzzard floats above the Crater rim … Read more A Tub with a View
The ‘Garden Route’ is a stretch of about 300km – sandwiched between the mountains and the sea – on the southern coast of South Africa. Incorporating the towns of George, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay this is a popular road trip for local and international travellers. The Tsitsikamma and Wilderness national parks conserve the … Read more South Africa’s Garden Route
The Spitzkoppe are a cluster of huge granite boulder outcrops that rise dramatically out of the flat, semi-desert landscape of Damaraland in Namibia. In the late afternoon light, the granite turns a rich rusty orange and the whole scene is blindingly beautiful. For travellers, a number of picturesque and private campsites are situated at the … Read more Spitzkoppe – Namibia
Lake Kariba (actually the world’s largest man-made dam) traps the mighty Zambezi River between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Today, the dam is a popular holiday destination but when the river was backed up in the late 1950’s thousands of Tonga people and countless animals were displaced by the floodwaters. I remember, as a young boy, watching … Read more New Design – Kariba!
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa (and the highest in the world that is not part of a mountain chain); composed of three volcanic cores, the highest of which is ‘Kibo’ at 5,895 metres. This design depicts a Red-tufted Malachite Sunbird feeding on the nectar of a Giant Lobelia (Lobelia deckenii) as well as … Read more New Design – Kilimanjaro!
Situated in the North-West province of South Africa, Pilanesberg Game Reserve was founded in 1977 at a time when the government of the day set up a number of so-called ‘independent homelands’ which had the irrational objective of excluding black people from the country’s political system. Bophuthatswana was the homeland in which Pilanesberg was established … Read more Pilanesberg – added to the poster range
One of my main objectives with The African Journey Collection of retro poster-prints is to celebrate and draw attention to the wildlife reserves on the continent that are (or should be) regarded as ‘national treasures’. These places contain irreplaceable biodiversity and are often the foundation upon which nature-based tourism enterprises are created that can then … Read more Wakkerstroom – new poster design
Living in the cool cloud forests around Machu Picchu in Peru is the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruviana), undoubtedly one of the planet’s most remarkable birds. The luminous males perform at a display site (lek) where tan-plumaged females come to select their preferred breeding partner. Digital painting (2019).
My current approach to painting is to simplify detail and render birds in the ‘ligné claire’ style pioneered by Hergé (aka. Georges Remi) the Belgian creator of ‘The Adventures of Tintin’. ‘Shy Albatross Cruising’ – inspired by ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ woodblock print by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (ca. 1830). ‘Wheatfield with Cape Crows’ … Read more Ligné Claire – Clear Line