STEPH WALTON WILDLIFE ARTIST

Steph Walton has been seriously painting since 1978 when she mostly painted landscapes in both oils and water colour. Having exhibited several times in combined exhibitions and sold well, in 1991 she decided that she would break out into painting wildlife in oils.

At the time she was living with her husband on a game ranch which provided her with the ‘ideal’ environment for her to take this seriously and develop her own style which is evident in many of her pieces. She likes to portray the animals as they are in the environment and therefore has a unique way of creating the atmosphere. A guest at one of exhibitions in Providence Rhode Island said “You can feel the warmth of Africa when one passes by her booth”.
Steph spends a lot of time in our wonderful National parks with her camera and just observing animals in their environment. She feels this important when painting wildlife so that she can accurately create the atmosphere and indeed the ‘personality’ of the animal. To this end she has spent the best part of the last 30 years visiting Mana Pools, Hwange National Park, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and lately the magnificent Gona re Zhou National Park, where she now lives.
Over the years she has sold work all over the world and has exhibited at the Safari Club International convention in Las Vegas, USA, Providence, Rhode Island at the ‘North Eastern Wildlife Artists Expo, The Elephant Rose Foundation in Holland, Queensland Artists Wildlife Artists Association in Brisbane Australia, where she won ‘Best Oil on Show”, apart of a number solo exhibitions in Zimbabwe including a solo exhibition for ‘Friends of Mana’. Currently Steph has work hanging in the prestigious ‘Cultural Heritage’ gallery in Arusha Tanzania.
She is a keen conservationist and donated a painting to Lion Research which was auctioned in the USA and fetched a sum of $10,000 and a significant amount more through the sale of gicle’ prints.
Her passion for Wild Dogs has prompted her to donate 25% of the proceeds of the painting ‘Painted Dogs at Play’ to the African Wildlife Conservation Fund for Painted Dogs.