Linda Nissen Samuels
South African born Linda Nissen Samuels, has always been inspired by the beauty of the natural world around her. She has two great passions: art and the preservation of nature. This is clearly demonstrated through the subject matter of her paintings and, more recently, a series of children’s books focusing on ecology published by Pato Press: www.patopress.com.
As an artist, she ran her own gallery in London, and has had several one-woman exhibitions in both England and France. Her work has been shown at both the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and The Royal Society of Marine Artists Exhibitions. She has been awarded eight medals – including 5 Golds - at the International Grand Prix of Art in Cannes.
Her African landscape images, used by the charity WaterAid for their annual greeting cards, have proved extremely popular worldwide, raising substantial funds to support the provision of safe water.
Linda believes strongly that everyone can learn to draw and express themselves through art. Her specially devised easy-draw book Draw Water and Other Things, offers a simple way to give confidence in drawing to both children and adults alike. Now in its second edition, it is joined by its companion, Draw Queens, Kings and All Things Royal. This can be found on sale at Buckingham Palace and on The Royal Collection website: www.royalcollectionshop.co.uk
Combining her passion for conservation and her artistic flair, Linda has used her skill to show young people the wonder and fragility of the world around them. Elly’s Adventure in the Animal Park is the first in her Elly’s Ecology series. This beautifully illustrated picture book for children aged 2 - 7 describes the insect world and Elly's realisation of how important insects are to the survival of this beautiful planet. Elly’s Adventure Down by the Sea continues the theme, with a simple story of how young Elly learns about the dangers of plastic to the ocean, while building sandcastles with his friends.
Coming soon, the next in the Elly series, Elly’s Adventure Saving the Coral .
Irene Malvezi was born in Brazil and now lives and works in England. After qualifying at The Surrey Institute of Art and Design with BA Honours in Graphic Design, she has spent much of her professional career on technical design, illustration and photography for highly prestigious companies including The Royal Collection Trust and Veritas Gifts. She met Linda Nissen Samuels while exhibiting her work at “The Untitled Artists Fair” in Chelsea, London, and was immediately captivated by Linda’s ideas for the book “Draw Water and Other Things”. Irene’s new challenge now, is a Masters Degree in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University of London.
To learn more about Irene, visit www.irenemalvezi.co.uk