"When I was growing up, the only thing I wanted to be was a Veterinarian - There simply was no other option. That was my left side of my brain. The right side of my brain clearly had other ideas and life naturally took the path of least resistance. It was only when a close friend once asked why I had wanted to be a vet that I responded 'because I wanted to try and help animals.' He looked at me and simply replied 'yes...and what are you TRYING to do now?' I love my work, not a day goes by that I'm not thankful for my 'job' but it is so easy to take for granted the subjects that lend themselves to this 'job' - this exhibition isn't simply a showcase of what we can do, it is more an homage to these extraordinary animals while we try to do our part in helping and fighting on their behalf. I am so grateful to the DSWF for allowing me this opportunity to do this."

DSWF Art Ambassador - David Filer

I always find it a little disconcerting when I have to  write my biography for exhibitions of my work – I spend so much time on each piece with so much of myself going into each one that at the end of the day, I feel that I’m already standing on a pedestal when people view my art. My mood, my emotions, everything about me is there on paper.

Earlier this year I spent some time working beside the Ume river in Zimbabwe where my only problem was if gin and tonic could be considered a breakfast drink and when asked one morning  why I was so grumpy, my only response was ‘those bloody lion kept me up all night!’ I would say these were ‘first world problems’ but clearly they were anything but!

I sat. I watched. I thought. I absorbed and I drew. Although I perhaps did not create giant masterpieces, the time spent in solitude, in nature, surrounded by the very creatures that invoke my passion to create, I achieved or perhaps simply remembered a sense of deep rooted inspiration and accomplishment that I don’t think I could have found anywhere else than in Africa. My home.

I have recently moved back to my studio in Zimbabwe on what I simply thought would be a short grounding experience but what I have found is a total resurgence in my ambition to go bigger, more detailed, experimenting with different surfaces and conjuring images of fantastic exhibitions to come. I’m obsessed with this time in my life right now as I prepare to take the next leap, be it at home or overseas but with my anchor firmly placed in African soil.