Welcome to our heART for Nature page! Here you can find artists who support Conservation and Environmental Education with their art or craft. Please visit their site/shops and support them and conservation of our environment.
Want to become a heART for nature artist?
Have you always wanted to give back to nature and important conservation and education work? Consider becoming one of the NVT heART for nature artists. All you have to do is donate a minimum of 10% of your sales during the year to NVT’s conservation and education efforts.
How does this benefit you?
- You get the opportunity to give back to your environment and the environmental education of learners.
- Tax certificate upon request at the end of our financial year.
- You will feature below on our website dedicated to our artists, with links to their sites/shops.
- Artists of the Month feature on our social media (Facebook, Instagram) – currently (July 2023) with over 10 000 followers.
- Free access to annual events to showcase your art e.g. holiday programmes, Art in The Park, etc.
Cape Fynbos Treasures
by Mashca and Ansie Taylor
Mashca and her mother live in the Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa where they are surrounded by natural beauty. Their venture brings to light the diverse exquisite form, textures and colours in our Cape Fynbos Treasures. Each piece is made with love & admiration for our beautiful world.
10% of all sales go to the Nature’s Valley Trust for the conservation of OUR Fynbos.
Fynbos is known for its exceptional degree of biodiversity and endemism. It is the most studied vegetation type outside of Europe. It is only found in the Western Cape and some parts of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Generations of scientists – including Charles Darwin – have been left open-mouthed in amazement at the “stuff” – and it’s not necessarily just because it is so beguilingly beautiful. Fynbos plays a large part in combatting ground erosion and purifying our water.
When you wear your piece this is the process it has gone through:
Carefully harvest small bits of Fynbos in our garden -> Wedge clay -> Cut out Shapes -> Smooth it -> Press the Fynbos into a beautiful composition -> Smooth edges -> Make holes & smooth -> Dry out -> Bisque Fire -> Sand each piece -> Paint with underglaze and/or oxides -> Paint Glaze on -> wipe Glaze of bottom -> Glaze Fire -> Set into the Earring -> Place on Recycled paper for Display.
by Lauren Moriarty
Lauren is a South African self-taught artist. She creates wildlife and pet portraits, specializing in rich coloured pencil drawings. She has a Master’s degree in Botany with a passion for all things nature! This plays a major role in her artwork as she captures the natural surroundings and character in the fur and feathers of our animal friends.
She has always been an advocate for animals and conservation, and being able to bring those aspects together in her artwork is a huge privilege for her. She also creates more contemporary, abstract art pieces in her spare time or at the request of others.
by Dawn Pearce
Dawn has had no formal art education. After her boys left home, she started painting.
She went for lessons with Jane Thompson in Bedfordview for a while. She paints in acrylic, watercolour and oil and has done various workshops. She has also done quite a few wall murals around Plett. She is always inspired by wildlife, birds and the beauty around her, including people’s faces with lovely expressions.
She has been able to sell quite a few of her works and has had several commissions. She lived in Benoni for 29 years and has now lived in Plett for about 14 ½ years and painted with friends on a weekly basis before Covid hit the world!
Some of her work has been exhibited at various exhibitions. Contact her if you want to see her work or would like to commission her.