I love Wendy Beresford’s Zebras and the way she depicts them!
Location: Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
Wendy Beresford was born in 1971 in Harare, Zimbabwe South Africa and started her professional career as an artist in 2006. A self-taught artist,, she moved to Nottingham Road in South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal. In that time, she changed her techniques and methods.
She began panting horses and figurative art and using both oils and pastels, then became fascinated with painting wildlife. Oils and acrylics are now her preferred medium in all of her art.
I cannot help but get involved with my subjects and, as a result, I have developed an absolute passion for the African bush and the wildlife that we are so honored to be able to still see in the wild, but that future generations may not. Understanding that their future is so very precarious came as a shock to me, as growing up in Zimbabwe, I had tended to take their presence for granted. In my small way, I hope that my work will excite people again about African wildlife and bring the predicament of these incredible species to the attention of us all before it is too late. The tragedy that our children may only being able to see a lion or a leopard in captivity, and even that being a rare sight, is a very real possibility.
My trips to wildlife parks in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa in order to collect sketches and the photographs are a true high point in my life. This is when I get to just be in the bush and with the animals. It feeds my soul and I come back inspired again to do better justice to their power, beauty and fragility through my paintings.
I believe that the combination of animals and art is a truly healing one; a channel through which we can learn to be more aware of our responsibility and purpose as humans on earth – students, creators and custodians.~Wendy Beresford
TFS: Do you own any horses that you use as models for your work?
presence of horses is a feeling. My view of horses and their ³job² here
on Earth has changed over the past 10 years. I was deeply affected by,
among other things, watching “The Path of the Horse” by Stormy May
(available on YouTube as a full length documentary). Her message is one
of recognising the horse as a teacher and guide, rather than as sports
equipment or something to be subjugated to our demands, values and uses. I
believe they are carriers of souls between states, and they have an
age-old emotional wisdom that we are only just beginning to be aware of in
ourselves, as humans. So when I paint horses, my goal is always to paint
their spirit, their essence and I have found that, when I manage to
capture the horse energy in a painting, all the other details fall into
place and the reference photograph becomes unnecessary.
Hope you all enjoyed seeing today’s featured artist! Thank you, Wendy, for your time and answering my questions so my readers could get to know you better!
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