Jean Abrie lives in South Africa, where he draws his inspiration from nature, animals and people on the ever changing continent of Africa. He spends much of his time exploring the wilderness areas of Southern Africa he has known since early childhood. It is here where his love for nature later developed into a career in wildlife art. He later graduated from the University of Pretoria. He relies on first hand observations and experiences on trips throughout Southern Africa, which is vital in the creation of realistic works of art. He hopes to help create awareness of the importance of conservation efforts in Africa with his work, by portraying the many exciting and unexpected moods and changes on the continent. Realism is his preferred style and he has developed a sophisticated technical ability by paying great attention to detail. His love for the open spaces, the people, animals and the huge variety of birdlife on the African continent, is evident in his work. The intimate knowledge needed, is gained through extensive travel, research and study of the subjects he loves to paint. He believes one can never know enough about any subject you choose to paint. In the African wilderness, driven by instinct and the harsh conditions on the continent, everything may not be pretty but it is always beautiful. His work is collected by private collectors as well as companies in the US, UK and Europe and South Africa. He also participated with great success in some of the largest wildlife art shows in the US and his work has been exhibited in private shows, galleries and exhibitions in New York, London, Charleston, Ft. Lauderdale, Naples and Orlando.