Animal instincts

Zimbabwean-born artist and Lismore resident Jed Robinson pays tribute to Africas unique wildlife in a new exhibition of safari-inspired paintings, which is now on show at Dragonfly Caf in Lismore.Jed and his South African wife Sonia lived in Zimbabwe for many years, running a safari park on the Zambezi escarpment in the Chizarera National Park. The husband and wife team conducted guided walking safaris, sneaking through the bush to give tourists a close encounter with some of Africas most magnificent beasts, from giraffes and zebras to elephants and leopards.However, with political turmoil increasing under the reign of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, Jed and Sonia decided in 2000 to pack up their two children and move to Australia for a more peaceful life.Things had turned upside down politically and we left with very little it just wasnt a safe place to raise kids, said Jed, who now works as a security guard in Lismore. Its worked out really well, the kids are doing great, and we love this area.Plus it gave me the time to begin dabbling with art. Before I came to Australia Id only ever sketched before but now art has become my escapism. Its like taking a trip back to the African bush.Jeds exhibition will remain on show at the Dragonfly Caf until the end of September.

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