ABOUT NOEL SMITH 

Noel Smith is a South African photographer and artist living in Durban. His work being inspired by the wildlife he has encountered throughout his life and focusing mainly on elephants, big cats and birds of prey. He specialises in oils on canvas but since a surfing accident in 2016, the likes of which left him an incomplete quadraplegic, Noel has begun to work in pastels in a style not as strong in photorealism but yet more artistic, or maybe not. A leopard cannot change its spots. He is a self taught artist and attributes his abilities to being a God given talent.

Much of his passion for wildlife can be contributed to his earlier years spent reading Serengeti Shall Not Die and growing up with an acclaimed wildlife photographer father, who also ran a bird rehabilitation centre from home. Early trips to Hwange National Park and Zimbabwe reinforced in him his love of wildlife, nature and conservation and soon he was teaching himself to paint, at first birds in guache before progressing to acrylics and later to oils.

To this day, Noel continues to find great inspiration in the outdoors and has spent many years traveling throughout Africa taking photos. Along the way, he has witnessed first hand the mass destruction of habitat and wildlife at the hands of mankind and this has only strengthened his desire to help through conservation. He sees his art as a way to spread this awareness and in doing so help bring about change and has made it a priority to support conservation projects such as the Wildlands Conservation Trust, WESSA and the David Shepherd Wildlife Fund.

Following his accident in 2016, Noel was faced with the fear of never being able to paint again. Overtime, however, with the help of extensive rehabilitation and the use of a hand splint and learning to draw left handed he finds himself once more able to continue his life long passion.

EXHIBITIONS

Noels' work has been featured all over the world.

2007

- Corporate Head Office, Marriot Properties 

2007

- Wildlands Conservation Trust, Sibaya Casino 

2008

- Wildlands Conservation Trust, Sibaya Casino 

2009

- Wildlands Conservation Trust, Sibaya Casino 

2011

- finalist in the David Shepherd Artist of the Year exhibited in the Mall Gallery in London  

SELFDRIVE SAFARIS AND INSPIRATIONAL ADVENTURES

1970 – 1990’s

Mkuzi, Umfolozi, Hluhluwe, Lake St Lucia and Ndumu Game Reserves northern Zululand

Rhodesia and Zambia Wankie Game Reserve, Victoria Falls, Matopas, Zimbabwe Ruins

 

Drakensberg Mountains

 

Kruger National Park

Eastern and Western Cape

Kunene River rafting from Ruacana Falls Epupa Falls between Namibia and Angola

 

Namibia Etosha National Park, Waterberg Plateau Park, Dan Viljoen Game Reserve

 

Mozambique Ponta Do Oro, Ponto do Molongan, Margareuke, Paradise Island

 

Madagascar, Bassas Da India, Europa Island, Mauritius

 

Botswana Okavango Delta, Moremi, Savuti and Chobe National Parks

 

Umfolozi Wilderness Walking Trail

 

Sabie Sabie private Game Reserve

 

Singita Lodge private Game Reserve

 

Zimbabwe Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park

2000

Zimbabwe Victoria Falls, Hwange NP, Kariba, Motopos

Botswana Makgadikgadi Pan, Moremi NP Okavango Delta, Savuti NP, Chobe NP,

Zimbabwe Hwange NP

2001

Zimbabwe Kariba, Matusadona NP

Zambia South Luangwa NP

 

2002

Ithala Game Reserve

 

2003

Zimbabwe Mana Pools NP

 

2004

Tembe Elephant Reserve

2005

Zambia South Luangwa NP

Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Kruger NP

 

2006

Tanzania Zanzibar, Dar es salam

Botswana Central Kalahari NP, Moremi NP Okavango Delta

2007

Tanzania Zanzibar Jozani NP

Zimbabwe Hwange NP

Tala Game Reserve

 

2008

Botswana Moremi NP Okavango Delta, Savuti NP, Linyanti Chobe NP

2009

Zimbabwe Hwange NP

Hluhluwe & Umfolozi Game Reserve

Mozambique Pemba & Ibo Island

 

2010

Zimbabwe Zambezi River rafting and canoeing from Victoria Falls to Mana Pools

Tembe Elephant Reserve

India Rajasthan, Ranthambore NP

 

2011

Hluhluwe & Umfolozi Game Reserve

 

2012

Zimbabwe Mana Pools NP

 

2013

Zimbabwe Hwange NP

Nambithi Hills Lodge

 

2014

Umkhuze Game Reserve

Botswana Moremi NP, Khwai Community Reserve, Savuti NP, Chobe NP

Tala Game Reserve

 

2015

Zimbabwe Hwange NP

Umkhuze Game Reserve

Namibia Cape Cross Seal Reserve, Erongo Mountain Rhino Reserve, Orupu, Huab, Sesfontein, Puros, Orupembe, Marienfluss, Etosha NP

 

2016

Botswana Central Kalahari NP, Naxos Pan NP

Botswana Moremi NP Okavango Delta, Savuti NP, Chobe NP

Zimbabwe Hwange NP