Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul... and you answer.' Riches
my journey into nature art was like that for me.
I believe that when connections are made with the natural world, respect grows. Perhaps that's what we aspire to with nature art... without some understanding and respect, conservation cannot occur. I believe I am conserving nature and acknowledging that God is a creative genious.
If nature artists can help with that connection and provide even a glimpse into the beauty of the world and its wildlife, then we have achieved some success.
‘Art can enable us to look at the world through different eyes... to see the beauty in the mundane and the extraordinary in the ordinary, to focus on and appreciate all that is around us as never before...’ Simba.
Simba Robert Makoni is an American based African artist who grew up around the motherland ranges and coastal beaches of the Sunshine Coasts of Africa. He has travelled extensively throughout Europe, North America, U.K., Japan, China, Australia, United Arab Emirates and most of the Arab world and the Caribbean Islands which has greatly influenced his appreciation of the natural world, particularly the unique wildlife of Africa.
Simba has won numerous awards including three Best-in-Shows and featured in a few publications including Artists for Nature Conservation. He supports a number of conservation organisations including the Wildlife Preservation Society.
Painting primarily in Acrylics and heat-set oils, Simba enjoys a realistic style, focusing mainly on wildlife and nature, using light and shadows to create atmosphere. With his art, he strives to connect with the viewer emotively, touching a memory or perhaps providing a glimpse into the beauty of wildlife and the natural world.