Kim Donaldson is a South African painter best known for his Photorealistic pastel depictions of the people and wildlife native to the African continent. Donaldson uses a mixture of loose mark-making and detailed rendering to give a sense of texture and atmosphere to each piece. Born in 1952 on a 150,000 acre ranch in Southern Rhodesia, which is now Zimbabwe, the artist grew up surrounded by lions, zebras, leopards, giraffes, and elephants. He demonstrated a clear interest in his environment and the sights gleaned from his many safari journeys, which he documented in oils, acrylics, and pastels. Donaldson went on to write, illustrate, and publish a book of his travels, Africa, An Artist’s Journal in 2001. The artist lives and works in South Africa, where he has opened his own gallery in the center of Franschhoek.