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
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo), non-breeding plumage. On a warm and breezy December morning, Jennifer McKenzie of the Hermanus Animal Hospital was walking along the Vermont coastal path when her eye was caught by the wing of a bird lying on the tideline among the pebbles and shells. Closer investigation revealed the sun-bleached corpse of a … Read more A Tern on the Tide
Torrent Duck (pair, male on left), Merganetta armata armata, Chile. Ducks, it has to be said, may not be the most interesting of birds. With a few exceptions they are all rather alike in general body shape and behaviour, generally conforming to the familiar visage of a farmyard duck (this being a descendent of the … Read more White-water-fowl
A column of army ants are crossing the path as we enter a clearing where a giant forest tree has fallen. The small gap in the canopy is flooded with light and dozens of small yellow butterflies are dancing above the luxuriant growth of ferns and large-leaved pioneers. A family of capuchin monkeys are working their … Read more My Brush with Royalty
Over the years, I have created hundreds of small watercolour illustrations of birds and other wildlife. Sometime last year, I had the idea to bring a selection of them together in a meaningful way by creating a large A1 design that celebrates the splendid diversity of Africa’s birds. This project proved to be a much … Read more Art Print – Birds of Africa – Now Available
Over the past few years I have created hundreds of watercolour illustrations of African birds. Many of these – as well as dozens of newly prepared illustrations – are being assembled for my next publication – a large poster that celebrates the diversity of Africa’s birds. At least one member of each of Africa’s 142 … Read more Coming Soon – Birds of Africa – art print
Anyone who has spent time walking through mountain fynbos in the south-western Cape will know that birds, of any kind, are few and far between. It’s actually quite startling just how few birds – or other vertebrates – inhabit what is widely known as one of the most diverse floral kingdoms on the planet. Nectarivores … Read more Woodpeckers that don’t Peck Wood
For more years than I care to remember, the Painted Snipe was my number one ‘bogey bird’ – no matter where I travelled, I never happened upon one of these unusual wetland dwellers. True, it is a shy skulker, but if you are patient and look in the right places (swamps, in this case) you … Read more Painted Snipe