Having grown up in the African bush, it was natural for me to develop a deep love and respect for my environment. From a very early age I had a keen interest in drawing and spent many hours up in the rafters of the animal enclosures on our farm, observing and sketching them.
Many years passed before I was in a position to fulfil a lifelong dream of becoming a full time artist. Now for the first time in my life I feel I am exactly where I meant to be, doing the one thing that I am most passionate about. As I embarked on a fulltime career in 2009, I made a conscious decision. I wanted my art in some way to make a difference. With this I decided to mesh my love of the natural environment with my creative energy and inner passion. Wildlife has and will always be an integral part of my life. I hope that through my art I am able to highlight the wonders of the incredible creatures that share this earth with us. Contributing to the conservation and preservation of our wildlife will continue to be a driving force for me.
Since 2010 I have donated my artworks to various foundations and conservation projects. Three species: the Rhinoceros; Elephant; and African wild dog are fighting huge battles. All three face imminent extinction within my lifetime if we do not prevent it.
In 2010 I was invited by the Zimbabwe Wild Life foundation - Perth, Western Australia as guest speaker. I spoke about my recent trip back to Zimbabwe and the 2009 publication of my book 'Footsteps in Time'. I donated several paintings and a book for their auction. My medium sized painting Titled 'Big Boy', fetched $880, the highest price for a painting that evening.
In 2012 I was invited to South Africa by the developer of 'The Rhino Pages' website. I was commissioned to paint a large scale rhino on 'World Rhino Day' on the 22nd September 2012, hoping to raise awareness of the plight of these animals. The painting 'Freedom of the rhino' was donated to raise funds for the cause.
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In conjunction with the 'Save African Rhino Foundation', Perth, Western Australia, Paula hosted an African Art Safari to Zimbabwe. Donating her time as artist in residence Paula's tour raised $6000. The Foundation invited her to host another tour which she hopes to launch in 2016. (http://www.savefoundation.org.au/newsite/)
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For a follow of up the 2013 Safari please click here
In 2013 Paula was approached by RAGES a proposed Australian Rotarian action group who asked for permission to use the image 'Tears of the Rhino - Hear My Voice' for their logo. The image was also used for the cover of a book for a South African Rotary Group to gather signatures for the cause at the 'Rotary World Congress' in Lisbon.
2015 'Rages', now a fully registered Rotarian Action Group asked for permission to use 'Tears Of The Rhino - Hear My Voice' for an international poster campaign - 'Rages one fight unite, say no' (https://www.facebook.com/rages.one.fight.unite). The poster has already been signed by Dr Jane Goodall, Sir David Attenborough, Seal and Virginia Mckenna, among others. This campaign is in collaboration with Besureis who have joined the fight (https://www.facebook.com/besureis).
I realise that what I am doing towards conservation is but a drop in the ocean. However, for every drop there is a ripple effect. I hope this ripple gathers momentum weaving its way on a journey that will in time cause a flood. Then maybe, just maybe, we can stop this madness.
Title: MR BIG - African male lion, donated to 'The Painted Dog Conservation' auctioned at "An Evening With Kevin Richardson - The Lion Whisperer" (painteddogconservation)
Title: MONKEY BUSINESS, Pastel on paper, donated to the Painted Dog Conservation Inc - Perth
Title: BIG BOY, acrylic on canvas, donated to the Zimbabwe Wild Life foundation- Perth
Title: BAD HAIR DAY, mixed media on board, donated to Painted Dog Conservation Inc - Perth
Title: TEARS OF THE RHINO - hear my voice, acrylic on canvas.
'Tears of the rhino' was the preparatory piece for 'The Rhino Pages'. I was invited to exhibit it as part of the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) stand at the Sunday Tribune Garden and Home Show, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa 2012. The stand was awarded a gold medal, the only one in its class.
As artist in residence by invitation I painted 'Freedom of the rhino' below, on the WESSA stand on 'World Rhino day.'
Title: FREEDOM OF THE RHINO - show me the way, acrylic on canvas, donated to The Rhino Pages- South Africa