Artist

Julie A M Edwards

About

I  was born in Rhodesia, and continued to serve my country in conservation and the wildlife safari industry of my homeland in Zimbabwe. I have always had a keen interest in art and wildlife since childhood, growing up in the African bush.

I have had an interest in art since childhood and 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  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.

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“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.

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History
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!

Professional Timeline

Art Exhibitions:

2017 – Solo Exhibition – The Art Square Studio, Langebaan, Westen Cape, South Africa

2013 – Nad’s Art Gallery Annual Exhibition  – Official Opening By His Excellancy The Mayor Of Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa

2011  – Solo Art Exhibition – Le Domains Conference Centre, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa

Professional Wildlife Safaris –  1998 to current

www.plainsofafrica.co.uk

Wildlife Conservation – 1987 to current

www.hokoyowildlife.com

2012 – Horse Trek, Trans Kalahari, Botswana

2009 – Official Book Launch, Hokoyo, Silent Spoors and Parting Blades, South Africa

2009 – Book Of The Month, Country Life Magazine, Author of Hokoyo, Silent Spoors and Parting Blades, South Africa

2002 to 2004 Exploring Amazon Jungle, Alaska, Namibia

1996 to 2001 – Zimbabwe Professional Guide – completed six year apprenticeship within the National Parks Estate

1994 – Darwin Initiative UK Scholarship – Post Grad In Project Planning For Bio Diversity Conservation

1991 – Rife For Sudan – Horsetrek, 7 weeks, Community Conservation, Kasane to Kariba along the Zambezi and Lake Kariba Valley

1990 – Co Founder, Environment 2000 now Environment Africa

1989 – Rothmans International Communicator Of The Year

1987 /88 – Spirit of Enterprise, Rolex International “Role of Honour List” For Conservation, “Ride for the Rhino Campaign”

1988 – 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

1987 to 1989 – Expedition by Cycle Ride, UK To Zimbabwe, Ride For The Rhino

1986 – Expedition by 4×4, To the Kalahari Bushman, Chobe and Okavango

1969 – Gorongosa National Park

Books / Author:

Hokoyo, Silent Spoors & Parting Blades,  By J A M Edwards – 2009

Extinction Is Forever, The Inspiration Behind The Rhino Girls Story with Allan Munn and Charlene Hewat & Julie Edwards – 1990

 

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