"Drawn to Africa"

A selection of beautifully rendered original pencil artworks and fine art prints by Vincent Reid, a full time artist based in Howick in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal Midlands of South Africa.

"I will always endeavour to have first-hand experience of everything that I draw." - Vincent Reid

Vincent Reid

Born in 1970 and raised on a farm in Zimbabwe, I have always been a close observer of the outdoors and every bit of spare time I had was spent in the hills or along the rivers of the family farm. Zimbabwe in the 80's was a socialist state and as a result, there was very little available by way of art materials in my high school art department, hence I started working in pencil, doing portraits and wildlife drawings for my friends.After completing my schooling in Harare I studied interior design and worked for 18 years in the exhibition and events industry as a designer/business owner and during this time I focused almost entirely on computer aided design. This, together with the management and growing of my company, meant that creative expression took a back seat. In 2011, having grown disillusioned and unfulfilled in this line of work I made a life changing decision to pursue a full-time art career. My desire was to shake off the yoke of mediocrity which was prevalent in the industry and focus on developing my own most basic creative ability; drawing.My family and I relocated to the country town of Howick in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands of South Africa so that I could pursue art as a career in peaceful, rural and creative environment; a move that has proven beneficial to all involved.Art and the pursuit of my subject material has taken me to some of Southern Africa's most beautiful locations and the wildlife and nature depicted in this book have been observed in awesome places such as Etosha National Park in Namibia, Mana Pools and Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe, Chobe National Park in Botswana, and Hluhluwe, Addo Elephant Park and Mapungubwe in South Africa; places such as these are what makes me drawn to Africa.

Howick, Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands, South Africa

18 Sangster Road Howick