Simon                                     Simon & Michael William                     Michael William

Simon taking a close study of an old bull elephant in the reed beds on the Zambezi in Zambia.

 

SIMON STEVENSON

Simon was born near Moshi Tanzania, East Africa, where he spent his early childhood living amongst animals on the slopes of the world’s highest free-standing volcano, Mt Kilimanjaro. At 19,340 feet it is also Africa’s highest mountain. At the age of seven, his family moved to Arusha, Tanzania’s new administrative capital and centre of tourism. Here he was to have access to some of Africa’s finest game reserves. Now many years on, his images adorn the walls of lodges in those same reserves.

For those fortunate to visit this Eden of Africa, the experience enters deep into their soul.

Simon was educated in Tanzania, then Kenya and finally in England where he was to eventually settle in 1979. He now lives in the county of Shropshire with his wife Kate, where he began to rekindle his deep rooted memories and love of Africa by painting and sketching these beautiful wildlife images. By originally using the medium of Tea and dry Ochre pigment, Simon managed to capture the colour, mood and shimmering beauty associated with this ancient but delicate land. It would appear that his beloved Africa has firmly etched itself into his soul.

2012 saw a new development in Simon’s artistic style with the introduction of the medium of Chalk and Charcoal on black pastel paper in the form of animal specimen sketches. However, in 2018 he further developed his style, despite being colour blind he has began to sketch his images using the medium of Pastels. Many of these sketches are currently displayed as reproduction canvas images in wildlife lodges throughout Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Originals in all three of his styles have become much sought after and now adorn the walls of many private collectors worldwide. Both originals and limited edition prints are available for purchase through his website www.abrushwithafrica.com He regularly travels throughout Africa where he studies and sketches the stunning wildlife as commissions for both individuals and game lodges. He has completed many private commissions and continues to do so.

 

                 1970 Selous, Tanzania, Simon aged 13 looking for elephants from a Kopje.                   

 2017 Mana Pools, Zimbabwe befriending a wild bull elephant.


                2015 Ruaha, Tanzania looking for Cape buffalo

         

2015 Zimbabwe - Simon and a wild bull elephant studying one and other.

 

 2019 Masai Mara - Simon handing over a canvas to manager of "The Governors Camp" in Kenya

 

Simon working on some elephants at his Studio

 

 

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the places

and moments that take our breath away.”