Hazel was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in SA, so in her own words, she has a love of all things African.
“I’ve always been inquisitive and explored the natural world around me. I love intricate detail and my art focuses on meticulously describing all the beauty I see – be it a daisy plant, a bulky rhino or the face of a friend. I aim to produce realistic bespoke pieces that draw the observer in.”
Hazel has been a botanical illustrator at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew since 2002. She describes it as a wonderful and rewarding combination of art and science. Alongside technically descriptive works, she has always painted and drawn in various media.
Hazel drew her ‘Okavango Rhino’ a few years ago, when her cousin was involved with a project to save rhinos from poaching by translocating them from the Kruger National Park in South Africa to remote areas of Botswana. A percentage of each limited edition print goes to the charity.