I don’t know why I have this all encompassing desire to paint wildlife….to be a wildlife artist…. 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 and 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…. 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.
Q: What medium or mediums do you work with?
A: I work in oils – but I use the fast drying kind – Alkyd Oils.
Q: How long have you been an artist? How did you get started?
A: I’ve been painting seriously about 12 years. 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 it now seems inevitable that I would become a Professional wildlife artist.
Q: Do you have any formal training or are you self taught?
A: I am a self taught artist, I never really got on with the regimented way people tried to teach me art in school, I guess I always wanted to do things my way, even way beack then – ha…
Q: Do you have any favorite art supplies that you would like to recommend?
A: Alkyd oil really opened a door for me, they allowed me to work much quicker between painting sessions than when I used standard oils.
Q: Do you work with any specific styles or subject matter?
A: I am a realistic painter and I fend that more often than not I am attracted to painting African wildlife, I just find them so interesting, Africa truly is where the animals seem larger than life.
Q: Can you recommend any books videos or other resources that will help new artists?
A: I struggled through the 1st few years of learning to paint, as I found most books and videos missed out the very things I wanted / needed to learn, so over the years I have now written my own tutorial ebooks to help other would be artists.
Q: How do you get ideas to create a piece? What inspires you?
A: Nature inspires me but also light, whether dramatic or subtle. There is an endless array of inspiration in Africa alone.
Q: Are there any artists that have influenced you and why?
A: I have always loved the drama seen in the artwork of John Banovich, he also does incredible work for conservation too. So him and a few others like Daniel Smith have been my main influences.
Q: Do you have a website you would like to share? I actually have two.
A: My main tutorial one is:
and my gallery one is:
Q: Finally do you have any last words of advice for beginner artists?
A: For oil painting beginners I would say this – the secret of creating a good oil painting is not in finding and using special brushes and equipment. All too often beginners get caught up thinking they must buy a special brush etc, but that is rubbish, good artists could use a stick and do a great painting. The real secret is in just a few simple techniques and then practising them over and over.