Josh Haigh ~ Contemporary Artist

Meet Jos, contemporary artist extraordinaire! Jos paints snorting rhinos, gentle elephants and haughty giraffes in an array of vibrant and extraordinary colours, and captures their charm in a fresh, contemporary style. Jos is collaborating with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation to raise vital funds for endangered wildlife by donating 50% of the proceeds of the sale of 10 of her wonderful watercolour paintings. Help us turn the tide on extinction and head over to or Jos Haigh’s website to purchase one of Jos’s beautiful pieces of art.

“I was born in Kenya and was lucky to study these animals in the wilderness of the savannah from a young age. There is something special about their gracefulness, strength and vulnerability that is truly inspiring.”

jos haigh

What have been your best and worst decisions made so far in your life?
Best decision – to marry a man who is kind, humorous, honest and clever.
Worst decision -not to have a pet dog when my children were growing up.

When you were a child, what was your dream job and why?
Dream job was to be a artist with a paint splattered shirt and thousands of brushes and a fabulous garden. Visions of Monet.

What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?
Hmmm. Education education education and self-confidence. There is a huge opportunity for successful women to engage in mentoring young children of both genders together- one, to give girls the vision of what could be, and two, to give boys the understanding that this is normal.

What woman inspires you and why?
(Just reseen this film recently and it served to remind me how much she influenced me at a young age.) So –
Karen Blixen in Out If Africa. Knew her own mind, was true to herself ALWAYS. Able to be ambitious, humble and empathetic.

What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?
These are really thought-provoking questions.
I suppose it would be not to end up so self-focused that they neither have the capacity nor inclination to invest in wider big issues, climate change, wildlife conservation, racial or religious intolerance.

For our vision to succeed, we must leave nobody behind.

Ursula Von Der Leyen, President of the European Commission