After several months back home in Chimanimani Dee has finally managed to get back to work in her studio attic. Having commissions with deadlines has helped! But also the cottages are now reasonably improved so her plumbing, electrical and general handyman skills can rest up for a month or two.
These owls were ringed on the abseiling ledge at Marula Environmental Education Centre in Tala Private Game Reserve in 2007. Whilst we worked at Tala in Kwazulu Natal Dee was lucky enough to work alongside emminent Ornithologist Dr. Barry Taylor for four years. During this time she was able to fully indulge her love of birds, handling, ringing, phographing and painting them. This painting of baby owls was entered in the inaugral BBC World Wildlife Artist of the Year Competition and took her all the way through to the last three in the category “Visions of Nature”
Dee works in watercolour as well as Conte, painting wildlife as well as flora and landscapes. Whilst we were at Horizon Horseback Safaris in Limpopo she sold much of her work to Riders from all over the world. She has a Leopard in Zurich, Wild Dogs in the New Forest, several Lions in Paris, Eagle Owls in New York, another leopard in Australia and the list goes on. Happily she has also recently sold some Egrets to discerning art lovers in Harare…
Thanks for the enthusiastic response to this Page. Dee is still busy painting so O.K then, as requested – here are some more.
* F&F – Means the painting is still unsold and hanging at Frog & Fern.