Julie A M Edwards
I was born in Rhodesia, and served my country in conservation and the wildlife safari industry in Zimbabwe. I have always had a keen interest in art and wildlife since childhood, growing up in the African bush.
I studied art at school and then as an adult enrolled with an online FineArt School for a period, however, I am mainly self taught.
It is my life long passion for the National Parks of Africa that has encouraged this journey in art. Exploring, studying wildlife on the plains of Africa. This interest was encouraged by my parents, my mother in particular, had a natural artistic talent.
I now paint simply from my own soul and utilize the years of observing nature in the wild, to apply these personnel impressions of this experience on to the canvas. This work provides joy in my soul. Painting is such an incredible thing to do, I simply love to paint, it makes me happy and I feel privileged to be able to do this work.
I have a deep concern for the plight and treatment of animals, the conservation of wildlife and preservation of the National Parks Estates.
My paintings are all dedicated to the memory of my late parents and the preservation of Africa’ s wildlife.
I say to you all….“Only when the animals’ silent spoors are no longer visible in the bush, will we one day realise it is too late” … We need to stop the illegal hunting of wildlife!
I have had several solo and gallery exhibitions within Southern Africa and continue to develop my art.
I invite you to view my online gallery of work with recent and current artworks on this site.
The highlight and great passion of my life is the opportunity to observe great herds of wildlife in their natural habitats. Of great concern is the tragic devastation of wildlife throughout the continent, through poaching. If it continues there will be no wildlife left remaining in the wild.
I have given everything I have to conservation and this includes my entire life’s work dedicated to helping to preserve the parks and wildlife through active participation in conservation and Eco Tourism, privately guided safaris. During the course of my life I have met with many people throughout the world including royalty, political and religious world leaders and international celebrities who in their way have supported Africa. My art is all I have left to give to the animals. I endeavor to paint them to the best of my ability in the hope people will be inspired to protect animals instead of plundering them for selfish gain!
Art Exhibitions – 2011 to current
Plains of Africa Safaris – 2005 to current
Hokoyo Wildlife Conservation – 2011 to current
Horse Trek, Trans Kalahari, Botswana – 2012
Official Book Launch, Hokoyo, Silent Spoors and Parting Blades – 2009
Book Of The Month, Country Life Magazine, Author of Hokoyo, Silent Spoors and Parting Blades – 2009
Plains of Africa Safaris, Tanzania, Botswana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa – 2005 to 2014
Rhino Girl Safaris – 2001 to 2004
Exploring Amazon Jungle, Alaska, Namibia – 2002 to 2004
Art Studies – 1998 to current
Zimbabwe Professional Guide – completed six year apprenticeship within the National Parks Estate – 1996 to 2001
Darwin Initiative UK Scholarship – Post Grad In Project Planning For Bio Diversity Conservation – 1994
Rife For Sudan – Horsetrek, 7 weeks, Community Conservation, Kasane to Kariba along the Zambezi and Lake Kariba Valley – 1991
Co Founder, Environment 2000 now Environment Africa – 1990
Rothmans International Communicator Of The Year – 1989
Spirit of Enterprise, Rolex International “Role of Honour List” For Conservation, “Ride for the Rhino Campaign” – 1987/88
Schweppes Award – For Outstanding Service to the Community – 1988
Zimbabwe Natural Resources Board “Gold Medal, The Highest Award For Conservation – 1988
Freedom of the City of Victoria Falls & Harare, “Ride for the Rhino”, Zimbabwe – 1988
Expedition by Cycle Ride, UK To Zimbabwe, Ride For The Rhino – 1987- 1989
Expedition by 4×4, To the Kalahari Bushman, Chobe and Okavango – 1986
Books / Author
Hokoyo, Silent Spoors & Parting Blades – 2009
Extinction Is Forever, The Inspiration Behind The Rhino Girls Story with Allan Munn and Charlene Hewat – 1990