Brooke Chilvers was born into a family whose work ethic taught her early to earn her own way to her dreams. Armed with her babysitting money, at 17 she took herself to Paris to study romance languages. In an era when the Louvre and ateliers of artists like Delacroix and Gustav Moreau were empty in winter, she discovered the real thrill of looking at great art. “It wasn’t just Rodin and Degas that awakened me, it was everything from the Nabis to the Surrealists, from William Blake to Braque.”
But a year-long trip camping from the tip of Texas to the end of the road in Labrador with a captain in the Green Berets, who taught her how to drive, catch a fish, shoot a gun, paddle a canoe and build a campfire, was an equally transforming experience. “He put a pair of binoculars into my hands and pointed to a chestnut-sided warbler. At that moment, nature stole my heart.”
This brought her to Germany where she was the only Amerikanerin in Duesseldorf, studying Naturwissenschaft. For two years, she studied botany, geology, comparative anatomy, parasitology and zoology. “The problem remains that I know the names of the flowers, trees and mushrooms only in German and Latin.”
Brooke’s outdoor skills and inherent willingness to go anywhere on earth made her the perfect wife for French safari outfitter Rudy Lubin, whose company operated in the farthest reaches of the Central African Republic.
Not knowing the difference between a bongo and a waterbuck or a shotgun and a rifle, Brooke decided to become a full-fledged member of the safari industry and used her pen to do so. She has written some 100 articles about game management and conservation, travel medicine, and wildlife art for magazines in the USA, Europe, the South Pacific and South Africa, traveling to wherever the story took her.
“Writing about sporting and wildlife art for Gray’s Sporting Journel, I get to write to my highest standard, because each column requires a gathering together of every aspect of my life experience.
With Brooke’s Sporting Art Gallery, my goal is to expose the countless wonderful works that are often overlooked because they are labeled sporting art."