About Gillian

Gillian Maskell is a wildlife; pet portrait artist and wildlife photographer living in South Africa.

Photography & fine art

Passion with Pastel

Working in various forms of pastel, charcoal, ink and graphite.  Gillian prides herself on her near realism, with attention to detail in the facial features and ability to capture the emotion behind the eyes of each animal.  She believes that the essence of capturing an animal, bird or person can only be achieved by direct observation, understanding and passion for the subject.  Hours and hours can go into each piece, Gill gets great pleasure and satisfaction out of completing and selling her artworks and sharing her passion for Africa in this way.

The beauty of pastel with its fine detail and bold colours make it a pleasure to work with. Gill   loves the way one can achieve fine details such as fur and whiskers due to the layering capabilities of the medium.  Charcoal and ink allow a more free and a little abstract approach.


Gillian Maskell was born in South Africa and comes from a conservation driven family thus having a passion for wildlife and conservation.  Her hobbies are photography and art together with numerous other outdoor activities.

Gill and her husband Graham have owned a safari company, Africa 2000 Tours,  for the last 22 years specializing in providing tailored safaris throughout Africa to the international market.

Access to beauty

Africa 2000 Tours has allowed them tremendous access to terrific photographic opportunities and arts subject material while embracing an intimate connection with the wilderness. Through her art and Africa 2000 Tours she hopes to create the essential awareness for the ever diminishing and fragile natural world .

During the course of each year Gill donates either a percentage of the proceeds of a sale to a worthy conservation organization or she auctions an original painting.

Make it A reality

Do you have something special you would like done for yourself or as a gift for a family member or friend?  Gill would love to make that a reality.

Other than original art works there is a lovely selection of prints in various sizes done on canvas or photographic archival paper.

In addition to Gillian’s Art there is a selection of both Gillian and Grahams photographs taken while on their travels in Africa

Contact Gill Maskell for your commissions on

+27 82 818 1541



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