'Nature is fascinating, especially rare and endangered plants and animals.
As a child, my dream pet was a komodo dragon - partly because I love reptiles and thought that dragons had smiley faces. Besides, I could picture the faces of the tough kids at school when they saw the pet I had in tow!
Growing up in southern Africa (surrounded by beautiful plants, magnificent scenery and unusual creatures like Aardvark and weaver birds) created a strong desire to draw and paint the natural world around me. This desire has grown even stronger since during my life in New Zealand, as the native wildlife here is so unique and rare.
Gerald Durrell's books inspired a passion to increase awareness of the plight of endangered species around the world. I hope to paint as many endangered species of plants and animals as I can, so I photograph as much as I can locally. Since I am a terrible traveller, I am grateful to be able to collaborate with generous, talented photographers from around the world, including New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and Germany, who provide good quality source material on which I base my paintings.
Auntie Betty Illustration
Wildlife artist, children's illustrator & embroiderer
A Kiwi artist passionate about animal and plant illustration and children's picture book illustrations