Francesca Sanders: our hotly tipped up and coming wildlife artist

We’ve been huge fans of talented artist Francesca Sanders for many years. We’re also rather jealous of her lifestyle, travelling through some of Kenya’s most ravishing game reserves, painting as she goes. The end result is some spectacular artwork, painted with a flair that’s already made Francesca a finalist of the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year competition this year.

Sleeping hippos by African wildlife artist Francesca Sanders

Sleeping Hippos by Francesca Sanders

On Tuesday evening I visited the private view of Francesca’s exhibition at Love Brand in Chelsea. I fell in love with an oil painting of a fat little baby hippo, and was left positively aching for Africa in front of a picture of a grand sweep of Samburu National Park, stretching for miles with a family of tiny ellies striding sedately through the grasslands.

Elephants by Francesca Sanders

Elephants by Francesca Sanders

For any Africa lover in London this is well worth a visit, and if anyone wants to spoil me with a Christmas present, I’ll have the hippos please!

Francesca Sanders is exhibiting at Love Brand, 5 Park Walk, Chelsea, SW10 0AJ from 11th-23rd November 2013 from 10am-6pm.