Let us introduce to you Jacha

Our new ambassador

Orangutan Appeal UK is very happy to introduce Jacha Potgieter as our NEW ambassador

Born in South Africa in 1963, he married a Welsh girl, Gwen, in 1992 and settled in North Wales. He has a John Moores BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art which he completed at Wirral Metropolitan College in 2001 and a Nature Conservation Diploma, Cape Town circa 1986.

He works from life and from his imagination, producing paintings, prints and 3D work. His work is in private collections in Australia, America, Turkey, France, Bermuda, Germany, Belgium, South Africa, Greece, Canada, Portugal, Norway, Northern and Southern Ireland, London and Wales.

Jacha works full time on his art and has a large body of original prints and paintings available for exhibition.

He has his own gallery space in the Alpine Coffee Shop and Gallery, Betws-y-Coed, North Wales, where his work can be viewed and purchased (see his website: www.alpinecoffeeshop.net).

Jacha's own words:

My passions are Conservation and being creative and this combination gives me the ideal opportunity to raise people's awareness of environmental issues. My wife and I have a coffee shop(www.alpinecoffeeshop.net). We use the coffee shop and my work to raise money for apes and other conservation issues. Currently, we support theOrangutan Appeal UK (www.orangutan-appeal.org.uk) and Ape Action Africa (www.apeactionafrica.org). Palm oil and bush meat and rainforest destruction are only some of the very big issues for me and I hope to be able to make a significant contribution.

I have been to Borneo and Cameroon to see and work with both of these organisations, to get information to make paintings and to take photographs which we now sell to raise money to help the apes. Sizes of paintings range from 60cm x 80cm to 1m x 1.5m whilst photos are 30cm x 45cm (unframed) or 80cm x 75cm (framed). We also have a painting of a caracal for sale (see "new paintings") the proceeds of which will go to South African SPCA.

I also paint a wide range of other subjects, some of which are created from my own imagination rather than from life. Additionally, there is a wide range of prints, created using various techniques.

There is always something new to see. Anyone interested in purchasing can contact me via "contact" on the website. We can ship worldwide. Anyone interested in finding out more about the issues mentioned is very welcome to contact me.

Thank you for reading this and may you have a palm-oil free life.

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