Simon                                     Simon & Michael William                     Michael William

Simon having a close study of an old bull elephant 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 and then Kenya and finally in England where he was to eventually settle in 1979. He now lives in the county of Shropshire, where he began to rekindle his deep rooted memories and love of Africa by painting and sketching these beautiful images. By using the medium of Tea and dry Ochre, Simon has 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. Many of these sketches are currently displayed as canvas images in lodges throughout Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Originals in both 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.

 

                  Selous Tanzania 1970, looking at a herd of elephants from a Kopje.                   

 

2017 Zimbabwe, Mana Pools, befriending a wild bull elephant.


                 

     Ruaha 2015 looking for Cape buffalo

         

 

 Zimbabwe 2017 Simon and a wild bull elephant studying one and other.

 

 

Simon sitting on a step in his Studio surrounded by some of his paintings and sketches

 

“A lion sleeps in the heart of every brave man.”

(African proverb)