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Oil on Canvas
W: 1800mm x H: 900mm
W: 71" x H: 35"
Approx. Weight: 3kg
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About "The Crossing"
The evening lights turn to an Orange as these Elephants start their Trek across the Zambezi river , maybe to the Far off Zambian escarpment or perhaps just to the greener feeding areas on the islands and spurs that jut into the river .
This has been going on for centuries , a site that never fails to thrill as these great monarchs swim effortlessly into this mighty river .
In their world , there is no nationality , no policy , just life , and their trust in their instinct .To them perhaps life is in the moment , and as we sit here debating on how intelligent they are , maybe we should in fact contemplate our own so called intelligence as we single mindedly destroy all in our way in the name of progress
The Crossing , the name often used in reference to movement of the soul from life as we know it to the spiritual world to Me Elephants are Old Souls , the older ones are noticeably wise and have a presence even with us insensitive humans perhaps its time to take in the moment , time to sit quietly and admit that maybe we are not the ultimate intelligent being !
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There is something about Africa that catches us all for me its the harsh beauty and reality of it all ,there is a special energy that exists here , its tough , and wild like it should be .
Growing up on a farm here had its benefits , my father was a PH in the early days in Tanganyka , so we grew up amongst the animals and were enthralled by the tales of Africa , the legends ,the myths and above all that special energy that Africa invokes in us all .
My Uncle was well known Artist ,author and illustrator Astley Maberly , who wrote books such as Animals of East Africa ,Animals of Southern Rhodesia ,illustrating books such as TV Bulpins the Ivory Trail and Memories Of a Game Ranger by Harry Wolhutter etc , his ability to bring to life on paper with some lines of ink always fascinated me , and perhaps molded my future
Art has been truly rewarding for me , giving me perspective -in fact Life is very like a painting , in a painting, we form an end result in our mind, we may even sketch it but how we get there with the brushstrokes, the blends of color, the textures and the directions of the strokes are what forms our ultimate piece
So to does everything we do in life, the way we behave, what we say, the way we make people feel - like the blends of color, and strokes of different sizes of brush we become what we are! We are perhaps the artist of our own lives!
My passion for Elephants amongst other species goes back as far as I can remember , perhaps from the stories of old tuskers on the slopes of Kilimanjaro and the Selous - their intelligence as a species and the deep sense of knowing they portray , has led me to often refer to them as old souls .
My love for these creatures is what started me sketching and then painting ,and yet its the incredible symbiosis that is nature that has been my inspiration that feeling of intelligent energy that overwhelms me in the presence of this magnificence .
Behind each Painting there is a life a story about that special connection , the heightening of the senses and the realization that we are undeniably a part of a higher more organized order
I found that , whilst I loved sketching , Oils became my medium of choice as I am able to more accurately represent the deep colors of Africa , Oil paint can have a unique texture that allows the artist to push the boundaries of the norm there are always new ideas and techniques as a medium I find it open ended and that's why I use them , especially on large Canvas there is nothing more impacting than a large Canvas of Africa !
Soon if we ignore the plight of Africa this will exist no longer , the rate of organized poaching is accelerating , Unbelievably there will be no Elephants to speak of soon !I see that each one of us can impact on the future of the wild areas of Africa the drums are beating , and its time to listen
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