BRINGING ART TO LIFE
BELINDA MARSHALL: AFRICAN WILDLIFE ARTIST
ABOUT BELINDA MARSHALL
Belinda Marshall is an African wildlife artist specializing in the African big cats.
Belinda is a self-taught wildlife artist although her training was in Textile Design and graduated top of her class winning the Trophy for Best Textile Design student.
Her foray into African wildlife art was an easy one as her natural talent and eye for detail captured the essence of the animals she was drawing and painting.
Her career in art has since been set along the “wildlife art” path and she has been embodying the spirit of African animals for over 20 years.
In her studio in Bulawayo she immortalises Africa’s big cats, the wild elephant herds, the buffalo and zebra that roam the grasslands and many more inhabitants of the wild places in Zimbabwe.
BELINDA'S STYLE AND MEDIUMS
Her style is loose realism, preferring to work in chalk pastels and both graphite and artist color pencils on textured paper. She excels at these drawing mediums, always capturing the expression in the eyes first, before moving on to the fur and hide details of her subject.
Oil paintings are the most popular requested medium for her international commissions – of which she has many in private collections all over the world.
This African wildlife artist has painted or drawn most species of Southern African wildlife, some of which include:
Her diversity of mediums onto both canvas and paper offer a wide portfolio. Belinda’s style of art and bold, but still delicate touch, translate well into both paint and drawing media.
AFRICAN TRIBAL PORTRAITS
Besides being a wildlife artist, Belinda Marshall has also painted the various tribes of Africa. These include:
Painting the different hand-made jewelry, traditional face markings and attire of these various ethnic groups is challenging and interesting. Each tribe has their own unique skin color and facial features variations. This makes painting the people very inspiring when trying to capture the essence of their culture and appearance.
The differences between the tall, lean masaai with their red cloth and intricate jewelry is vastly different to the Himba. The Namibian tribe have long thick hair extensions with the women covered in a red ochre cream that gives their skin an orange hue. These differences in culture are what is so fascinating.
ACCOLADES OF THIS AFRICAN WILDLIFE ARTIST
Belinda has artwork hanging in the permanent collection of a New York Gallery and has represented Zimbabwe in a children’s book published by I See Me! Inc in the United States.
The National History Museum of Zimbabwe commissioned Belinda to paint two murals in 2 different museums.
The first being the Khami Museum at Khami Ruins National Monument outside Bulawayo. The whole museum had been completely renovated and the new murals were the backdrop to the complete historical story of Khami from its beginnings to its demise.
The second mural was the Natural History Museum Of Zimbabwe‘s Hall of Man exhibit featuring very early man through his development. His story starts with gathering fruits and roots, to starting fire, to hunting and finally modern civilization.
Over the years Belinda has participated in several exhibitions both in London and Zimbabwe.
AFRICAN WILDLIFE ART FOR SALE
A love of the African bush and the wild animals that inhabit this beautiful continent is the backbone for Belinda’s love of drawing and painting.
Her lifelike portrayals of the local wildlife bring them to life and she expresses their unique qualities and individuality beautifully in the various mediums she favors.