“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”– Rumi
Londolozi is a place full of hidden gems. People you meet do their jobs and do them beautifully but very often behind the scenes they have a whole crop of hidden skills and other talents that sometimes only their closest friends get to witness. This is exactly what we mean when we say that the staff here Live Guided. When you meet Frank Ubisi, who works in the Habitat Team, you may not know that his hardy tractor-driving hands are capable of growing the happiest patch of spinach in the Greater Kruger Area. David Dampier, whose primary job is to run Londolozi’s finances from behind a computer screen, can light up the Varty Camp boma with his guitar skills and Thoko Mazibuko, one of the Founder’s Camp Butlers is an under-cover drumming virtuoso. The talent I want to focus on today though is one who brings Londolozi’s animals to life in a way that you haven’t yet seen on this blog. Today we introduce you to Roxy Burrough.
Roxy works in the Creative Hub as our in-house Graphic Designer. Recently, Rox and I were discussing the creative process and where it is that her inspiration comes from. Have any of you ever had the experience where you feel as though the universe (for lack of a better explanation) or something you can’t quite explain grabs hold of you and makes you write something, paint something or sing something? It’s a space where people describe feeling like a conduit. A message wants to come to life and because you’re open to it, it’s able to flow through you as opposed to necessarily coming from you. It’s the pinnacle of creative expression that artists thrive off. This happens to Roxy, but on an impressive scale. Like so many of us here, we are privileged to live lives inspired by Nature. Roxy takes the scenes, sightings and moments of beauty she sees here and re-creates pieces of art with them. Her works don’t see the light of day nearly enough though, so today I wanted to share a different perspective on Londolozi’s wildlife with you.
As author Liz Gilbert says, “Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless.” Roxy Burrough’s drawings are proof of this. So enjoy one of Londolozi’s hidden gems…