Peter was born in Johannesburg in 1969. In 1986, he matriculated from Kearsney College, where he won numerous art awards including the illustrious Natal Schools Art Award and the Grahamstown Art Festival Award.
He went on to study art and graphic design at the Witwatersrand Technicon, where he won the Wilsenach Young Designer's Award. On completion of his studies, he joined Young & Rubicam, an internationally recognised advertising agency, where he worked as an art director and illustrator. In 1994, he began working as a freelance illustrator in the advertising industry where he was proficient in all mediums, airbrush, pastels, gouache, acrylics, etc.
In 1998, he moved to the Wilderness in the Garden Route of South Africa to become a full time fine artist. In March 2001, The Pharoah Art Gallery was officially opened in a picturesque thatch cottage on the banks of Wilderness Lagoon. Peter has since opened a new gallery in Wilderness village and continues to paint African inspired artworks and portraits.
Rachel Parker is a self-taught artist who works mainly in watercolors. Her paintings feature cats, horses, dogs, wildlife, farm animals, landscapes, abstracts and still life. As the daughter of an artist, she was raised going to art lessons and watching her mother paint. She has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a pencil, and began painting in 2000.
Her motivation for creating is to capture what may otherwise go unnoticed, to reveal the beauty in simple moments and objects. Making an image come alive on paper or canvas is her inspiration. Rachel has sold her work nationally and internationally through her online store. She paints at night and during weekends and works full time as a school social worker
Jonathan Gladding grew up on Cape Cod in the village of Centerville. After majoring in fine art at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he landed a job as a computer artist/animator for Sesame Street in New York City where he worked on interactive games for their CD-ROM and online division.
After five enjoyable years with Sesame Street, he felt the need to expand his horizons so joined the Peace Corps and was sent to the island of St. Lucia in the eastern Caribbean where he taught woodworking while painting in his spare time. After the conclusion of his two-year service, he exhibited his work which was well received and his popularity in the Caribbean has continued to grow with regular exhibitions in St. Lucia, Trinidad, Barbados, and London.
He has received numerous awards in the U.S. for his paintings that depict everyday life in a traditional Caribbean village and he continues to divide his time between Cape Cod and St. Lucia. His book Caribbean on Canvas is available at Amazon.com.
Shanequa Gay, an Atlanta native, has drawn praise and critical acclaim for her depictions of southern life and black women, and is a highly sought-after speaker and lecturer.
She has exhibited her work at prestigious venues and events including the Chattanooga African American Museum, the Hunter Museum of American Art (Chattanooga), the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (Atlanta), Emory University (Atlanta), Mason Murer Gallery (Atlanta), and the National Black Arts Festival (Atlanta). Her work is among the private collections of actor Samuel L. Jackson, musician/songwriter Leon Russell, and event planner to the stars Preston Bailey.
She is a graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta and currently attends the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where she has received awards and scholarships. She is honored to have her as part of the permanent collection for SCAD Hong Kong. In 2013, she was chosen by Low Country Luxe and The Congressional Club to create an illustration of the White House, which was featured as packaging for the 2013 First Lady's Luncheon hostess gift. First Lady Michelle Obama and more than 1,800 attendees received the gift.
Freelance awarded photographer and artist George Rossidis was born in Cairo on 1948, by Greek parents.
He moved to Athens in 1966, where he studied Economics in the University of Athens and worked in the aviation industry as Finance Manager for several Airlines. (CP Air, QANTAS, KLM).
He also studied Psychology, Philosophy, People Management and at the Cardiff Private Institute of Contemporary Painting.
He was involved with photography since he was 16, but only since 1998 exclusively and professionally. His work has been awarded in many national and international competitions, with gold medals and other prizes.
His work was exhibited in many exhibitions in Greece, and at the museum of Hellenism in Canada, at the Olympic Museum of Lausanne, at the Art Museum of Reus in Spain, the USA, Argentina, Australia, Finland, Rumania, Belgium, France, the UK, Holland, Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, S. Africa, China, Cyprus and Egypt.
In 1998, he was awarded the title of ARTIST (AFIAP) by the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), in recognition of his work and achievements in Photography, and in 2003 he was awarded the title of EXCELLENCE (EFIAP). For the same reason in 2000, he was awarded the title of EXPOSANT DISTINGUE (EDISF) by “Image Sans Frontiere”.
Kalvin Zane is a self-taught painter and sculptor; and he has been creating original pieces for more than 10 years now. Kalvin was born in 1987 in Lesotho but raised in Kigali-Rwanda. He has discovered his artistic talent at the age of 6 when he drew a portrait of his father, he shocked and pleased his family who have continued to support his artistic dreams. As he grew he continuously practice drawing cartoons, painting and sculpting with object discarded in the streets of Kigali.
Conscious of the Rwanda 1994 genocide aftermath and motivated by the governmental yearly theme on commemorations days, Kalvin started using his artistic abilities to help orphans and widows through painting and sculpting, he collaborated with local NGO's to conduct charitable exhibitions and workshops. He also gave art lessons to young orphans to help them build their lives on art instead of becoming street beggars. As a genocide survivor, Kalvin let peace and reconciliation be his motivation during this time. Not only he was helping others, he was also healing himself.
Kalvin taught fine art at Green Hills Academy and Hope Kids Academy, both in Kigali. He has given many workshops and lectures both locally and nationally. He owns and operate Bwiza arts in Kigali.
Olivia attended Columbus College of Art and Design’s five-year BFA program where she majored in Illustration but took every Fine Art course that could be squeezed into her semester’s tuition. After working for five years in the LA film industry as a conceptual designer, the pull to create her own work through the means of painting was too much to resist. She cut up her credit cards and moved to a cabin in the mountains of Utah to paint, full-time.
In 2007, Olivia, formally known as “Holly Mae”, moved to Seattle to pursue her creative endeavors in the Northwest. In 2008 she lived in Malawi (Africa) for 4 months while painting the amazing people. In 2009 she returned twice to Malawi to work and paint. In 2010 she spent time in Haiti and in 2011 she created a show called “Forgetting Haiti” along with going on a trip to Bangladesh and giving birth to her daughter, Amadi.
She has been working and playing, painting full-time, for twelve years. In that time her paintings have won national awards, shown in museums and shows all over the country and her work is currently shown galleries in Utah.
Yvonne is passionate about the South African landscape with all its warm colours, moods, wildlife, flora and culture.
She often travels up as far as Central, East and West Africa, taking all her own photos that are used later as reference material in her studio.
Yvonne is a professional artist that has exhibited at various venues and galleries around the country for the past ten years. Her preferred mediums are oil and watercolour.
For many years she has combine her love of travel, nature and the sea, with sketching and plein air painting, out in the open and drawing from life!
In 2010, Yvonne spent two months in Paris at the Cite' des Arts International as a resident artist and in 2014 she was resident Artist on the MS Expedition, traveling from Cape Town to Morocco.
She has a diploma in Recreational art, is an associate of the South African Watercolor Society and a member of the Pretoria Association of Arts.
She has had four solo exhibitions, many group exhibitions and her work has been accepted for the Sotheby Art Auction.
Sherri’s background goes back to several years as a fashion illustrator, designing ads for various department stores and ad agencies in the Chicago and Dallas areas. In the early nineties she was able to devote herself to painting full time. She fell in love with the spontaneous and free-flowing medium of watercolor, and have been painting everything from people, things and places she has traveled and lived in ever since. Her body of work represents all of these influences, and her hope is that you will enjoy exploring the images she has selected for prints and greeting cards.
Sherri is a signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society at www.vermontwatercolorsociety.com, and her work has been represented by many fine art galleries throughout the U.S., as well as published by two fine art publishers.