FAan AND Linda Grobler
Artists for Conservation
The couple met at an art
exhibition, already being skilled artists at the time.
Coincidentally, they both worked in oil on canvas – as they
still prefer to today, after 37 years of marriage.
Although complete individuals in both their personalities
and art, they have, in certain respects, sometimes worked as
a team through the years. Not in the sense of influencing,
but rather inspiring each other.
has the uncanny ability to create bushveld landscapes
largely from memory. He has a special affinity for a lone
elephant bull – often depicted against a hazy backdrop,
skillfully highlighted by a gently filtering sun.
The scenery will sometimes be
subtly interrupted by a thorn tree or faraway sloping hills.
His mood can also take him to harsher territory –
sun-scorched cracked soil; an imposing Baobab; a curving
dirt road tracking through thick sand.
An unsuspecting spectator can
easily be transported to a stirring view of migrating
antelope, enveloped in dust, a herd of grazing buffalo on
rich plains, or simply Africa in it’s fullness under a
glowering, thundery sky.
Through the years, Linda has
virtually perfected her photo-realistic style.
This contrast to her husband’s
style undoubtedly sprouts from a more perfectionistic,
puritan soul. But look closer, and see the love and
dedication invested in each of her beloved big cats.
Exquisitely executed, one can
almost reach out and touch a slumbering leopard draped over
a branch, or experience awe and respect at the sight of a
dark-maned lion, staring at you with amber eyes, every
whisker and scar and rippling muscle perfectly proportioned
Faan and Linda have been
commissioned by Pilanesberg Nature Reserve (located near Sun
City), where of course the Big Five can be found. Also to
their credit, they are both well-known in South Africa and
have sold paintings in Holland, England and the United
They remain intensely dedicated
to their art. “For talent will not be kept silent.”
only thing for a creative artist to do, is to do his chosen