Whitney-Jade was born 1988 in Durban, South Africa. Shortly after her birth her parents brought back to the small town called Bulawayo in Matebeleland Zimbabwe. As a child, Whitney-Jade’s weeks were split between school in Bulawayo and remote wilderness and wildlife areas of West Nicholson and Matopos—home away from home.
Zimbabwe was and still is an extremely politically unstable country and during Whitney’s-Jade’s childhood had taken a turn for the worst. The country’s collapse under brutal dictatorship caused Whitney-Jade to take her schooling elsewhere and at tertiary level completed her undergrad in Fine Art at Ruth Prowse School of Art in CapeTown, South Africa. Jade then returned to Zimbabwe to join her brother in the Lower Zambezi, another uninhabited wildlife region. Together they set up home again which they opened to the public in order to sustain their lifestyle and where Whitney-Jade for the next five years of her early adulthood became the permanent artist in residence.
Whitney-Jade all her life had an incredibly deep and sacred connection with wildlife and animals. She sees part of her life as being somewhat feral and had extremely close and personal relationships with wild animals, who, at many times took care of Jade but animals that others may see as potentially dangerous. Sadly, Zimbabwe remained and today remains a harsh dictatorship. The catastrophic injustice and corruption had begun to compromise Whitney-Jade’s integrity and moral beliefs. It was with careful and necessary consideration that Whitney-Jade decided to again leave Zimbabwe and pursue her practise as an artist.
In 2017 Whitney-Jade came to London and in 2019 received an MFA from The University of the Arts London, Wimbledon College of Art. She has participated in numerous group shows and has work in private collections in other countries around the globe. Whitney-Jade continues to expand her research and is now completing her MRes at Cental St Martins, London. The complexities of Whitney-Jade’s life as a Zimbabwean, her past memories both magical and violent and the present navigation of her life now living in London have given rise to a creative explosion of work as she evolves in her career as an artist.