Multi award winning artist Paula Wiegmink who exhibits internationally was born in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. She immigrated to Australia in 1994 with her husband and children and recently moved from Perth to Dunsborough, South Western Australia.
2009, Paula launched her first book titled, ‘Footsteps in Time’ a family journey from the earliest of her ancestors arriving in Africa from 1709 - 2009. The book launch coincided with her first major solo art exhibition, ‘The Winds of Change’.
2012, a South African conservation group invited Paula to do a large scale painting of a rhino on ‘World Rhino Day’. WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) offered their stand as a venue during the ‘Sunday Tribune Garden and Home Show’ at the showgrounds, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Before leaving Australia she decided to do a preparatory piece and her painting ‘Tears of the rhino’ – hear my voice was born. This painting emerged from deep within and turned out to be a very confronting image. Paula decided not to sell ‘Tears of the rhino’ but to rather use it as a tool to raise awareness of the global destruction of the rhino species.
2013, Paula donated her time as host and artist in residence for her first African Art Safari to Zimbabwe, raising $6000 for the SAVE Foundation.
In 2014, Paula’s painting ‘To the point’ of an African pale chanting goshawk was shortlisted for exhibition with the ‘David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year’ in London. Meeting David Shepherd in person on opening night at the Mall Galleries, Mall Street London was the highlight of her trip.
2015, Coolamon Rotary, Australia asked for permission to use the image of ‘Tears of the rhino’ for the international One fight, Unite- SAY NO awareness poster campaign. The poster is being signed by influential high profile people from all over the world. To date among those who have signed are: Dr Jane Goodall, Sir David Attenborough, Noam Chompsky and Ricky Gervais. https://www.facebook.com/rages.one.fight.unite/
2015, CEO Graeme Stevenson invited Paula to appear on the television art program ‘Colour in Your Life’ featuring her painting ‘Tears of the rhino’. The CIYL series has now gone global.
2015, Canadian based ‘Artists for Conservation’ awarded Paula the June monthly honour for outstanding artistic talent and extraordinary contribution to the conservation cause. Paula was invited to exhibit at the 2015 and 2016 annual live exhibition in Vancouver, BC where she featured as international guest youth art instructor. One of Paula's paintings was also selected for the 2016 touring exhibition to the Arizona, USA-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) 2016/2017
Paula works in a variety of mediums and has a passion for wildlife, still life, portraiture, landscape, photography and writing. Hoping to create awareness by drawing attention to the vulnerability of endangered species and the natural world she is happiest when surrounded by nature soaking in the environment.
Paula’s work hangs in private and corporate collections in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Portugal, America, Canada, England, France, Scotland, Ireland, Japan, Holland, and Australia.