I thought I would let some of the many images from my recent safari to Botswana and Zambia do the talking as they can tell the story of my trip far more eloquently than I ever could.the safari encompassed the game reserves of Moremi,Savuti and Chobe in Botswana as well as a short trip into Zambia to visit Victoria falls and the mukuni big 5 cheetah encounter.the safari was run by Elephant trails safari company and each day our guides would have us up at 5.30am in order to get as much game viewing as possible each day as well as the opportunity to catch big cats on the move before the heat of the day confined them to the shade.our little band of 10,6 of us from England and 4 from spain bonded immediately and became firm friends during the whole experience.i was absolutely captivated by the wildlife of Botswana and delighted to see huge herds of elephant particularly in the chobe river area on the border with Namibia.our trip was made even more spectacular by the superb tracking skills of both Guy(the proprietor) and Ofentse which ensured wonderful sightings daily.i hope to be able to return one day but in the meantime I will do my best to turn some of the wonderful reference material I obtained into artworks which truly represent some of my experiences.
South coast based Clive Meredith is an entirely self-taught artist and has been working professionally since 1993 specialising in detailed portrayals of wildlife from both Britain and abroad. Clive's initial interest in wildlife and the countryside was fostered in his early years, brought up the son of a dairy farmer, and spending hours outside in the Shropshire countryside birdwatching and larking about on the river Severn and its streams in his hometown of Shrewsbury. Working in both graphite pencil and oils,observation is vital to Clive's working practice.Each drawing or painting reveals meticulous attention to detail,achievable only by hours spent in the field observing and photographing subjects in their natural habitat.As a result Clive has become renowned for the stunning realism of his images and an incredibly assured ability to inject real life and character into his works. His art has been extensively published with over 50 limited edition releases to date and can be found in galleries throughout the uk and beyond. In 2010 Clive was named Wildlife Artist of the Year by Wildscape magazine after winning the prestigious annual competition with his image 'The Egret pool' and appeared as a finalist in the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2010,2012 and 2013 with works exhibited at The Mall Galleries in London. Clive is a member of the Pencil Art Society and the RSPB.