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I was born in Zimbabwe in 1986, and after achieving an Honours degree in Information Design at the University of Pretoria in 2008, began drawing full time in the highly competitive and somewhat precarious field of wildlife art.

 For as long as I can remember I have had a deep fascination and empathy for animals – I could spend hours just sitting watching a single creature. It is not just their beauty and shape that grabs me, but their every move, the smallest tilt of their head, even the slightest shifting of their weight – but most of all… it’s their eyes; it is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul – could this be more evident than in the wandering gaze of a giraffe or the primal stare of a pangolin?

Every single report card I have ever had has, at some point, included the phrase ‘day dreams far too often…..’ In a way, I believe that this is actually a huge contributing factor in my work; from the smallest dung beetle to the lumbering elephants, every animal becomes a character, a personality, each interlinking with the last. As strange as this sounds, herein lies the problem in selling my work – to me, they are no longer just drawings but projections of my very imagination.

In terms of what inspires me, it’s quite difficult to pinpoint one exact thing, but rather a single moment that triggers a response – be it a moment in the wild, a song, or in the case of my most sentimental drawing; a dream.

Before every exhibition or viewing of my work, the sleepless nights, inability to eat and the sheer terror that overtakes me is a result of the fact that at the end of the day, I am laying down all control, baring my naked soul and asking the public; “what do you think?”

I hope you enjoy my work and see what makes each piece, an original ‘David Filer’

Thank you,

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