I was born in 1972, Pretoria, South Africa. I started painting and drawing at the age of 5. I stopped doing that for a while to study some other fields, but recently I've been getting back into it. I love wildlife and nature but I also paint or draw people. I also paint and draw fantasy creatures or scenes, as well as extinct animals.
I'd like to share this music video with y'all! Kaylyn Botha is the daughter of Adri, the owner of the local art gallery that sells and promotes my work. Kaylyn stiill has a few years of school ahead of her, but has enough talent to get a proper career in music going. This song is very light and poppy; it's her first Afrikaans song, she mostly sings in English.
Here it is, my book! This photo was taken 'in the wild' on a bird-watching trip and there were hippos nearby! This book has 42 of my articles published on the h2g2.com site, and of course lots of paintings and also many monochrome drawings. Lots of information, interesting little facts that few people would know, and it is easy to read. If you'd like to get this book, you can order it here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/willem-van-der-merwe/colours-of-wildlife/paperback/product-24029708.html and here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/willem-van-der-merwe/colours-of-wildlife/hardcover/product-23953329.html
A TRIP TO THE MAKGENG HILLS
Makgeng is a small community not far from Zion City, where every Easter millions of members of a local Christian branch congregate. The region itself is rural and rather pristine. We were only four: our organizer, Marianne McKenzie, Paul Zaayman, Quentin Hagens and I. The aim of our excursion was to enjoy the flowering aloes. These are mainly the tall Mountain Aloe, Aloe marlothii. There are also some smaller aloe species, but the mountain aloes are by far the dominant ones. These aloes grow on the hills in their thousands or likely even millions, and flower in winter. Their tubular flowers are open, with