Willem de Beer has been involved in picture making from his early childhood and sold his first painting at nine years old. His school years were cluttered with art competitions in which he excelled. After studying at the University of Pretoria he became a full time commercial artist but from 1985 Willem devoted himself full time to be a professional artist. Apart from being a master wildlife artist, Willem has also distinguished himself as a portrait, landscape and marine artist, due to his commercial art background. Willem`s client list includes names such as Lord Montague of Beaulieu for whom he completed several commissions. His work also hangs in private and corporate collections in South Africa, England, Taiwan and the Netherlands. Willem de Beer is a signature member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists in New York City. He believes that the increasing popularity of his work goes hand in hand with his personal motto, ‘to open a window on nature` for the viewers of his work. His major oils now command prices touching £5000. He has proved to be a most successful published artist with many SOLD OUT limited editions to his credit.