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“All my life I have had a rich and active imagination and I have always been inquisitive,” says Hanrie. “What got me where I am today was the ability to explore the world around me by drawing it. I spend my time outdoors whenever possible and I love good cinema, homemade bread and drink my coffee strong and black. I owe my success to the support and encouragement my family and loving partner give me and to the invaluable advice given by mentors along the way.” Hailing all the way from South Africa, Hanrie has a strong love for where she grew up and spent her childhood years. She has always felt a strong urge to continue exploring this earth, and her travels have taken her all across the globe, allowing her to learn more about herself along the way. “I was born and raised in South Africa. I spent my childhood on a beautiful farm where I developed an immense love for nature. My adventurous spirit always yearns for experience. I have very fond memories of skiing alone at night outside Haukivuori in Finland, chasing the northern lights on a bicycle in the breathtaking Iceland and hiking Cradle Mountain in Tasmania. As an early career illustrator, traveling helps me to grow and the better I get to know myself, the more meaning I find in what I do.” She notes Melbourne as a place that really aided in the development of her craft. “Living in Melbourne accelerated my illustration career. Being surrounded by other likeminded and creative professionals was stimulating and very rewarding.” Now, she finds herself in Skukuza, a place that has brought her back to her roots in South Africa and a place that allows her to be so unbelievably close with nature and the beautiful creatures that inhabit it. “Skukuza offers a lifestyle where the rhythm of life is different than any other place, because time seems to stand still and melt away at the same time. It has a nice calming effect on me. I still have exhilarating moments that disrupt my

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calm when I see a hippo grazing on my lawn or an elephant trumpeting on my doorstep. Living so closely to wild animals adds unimaginable meaning to my life - I recommend everyone should try it.” As Hanrie has watched her career grow and blossom, she has found that social media has been helpful in which it allows one to connect with others around the world. “Social media, Instagram especially, makes it possible to connect to a worldwide audience in a personal way. My followers can learn about my process and I can get to know them. It is also a great way to stay informed and inspired by my peers.” Hanrie has had the opportunity to dip her hand into some pretty amazing projects, from founding a production company with friends, to the publishing of her very own children’s book. “While studying Fine Arts I collaborated with three friends to shoot an independent film on a shoestring budget. Being ‘moved to tears’ by a performance by a non-actor made me realize I want to surround myself with excellent people who can make magic happen. A year later we officially started our production company, Blindspot Productions, and produce documentaries about inspiring young South Africans. A Counting Adventure, the children’s book, was inspired by my partner, an adventurer and conservation ecologist. Lily, the main character of the story gets bored and starts to count everything around her, and as soon as she runs out of things to count she takes her binoculars and peaks outside. That is where she discovers Australian animals. The book aids in learning to count while building on general knowledge about native Australian animals, which aims to foster a love for nature in young children.” With some upcoming projects in the works for 2017, it is surely going to be a wonderful year for Hanrie. “In this new year, there is a solo show to look forward to as well as another children’s book!”

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