After having painted land scenes, seascapes, industrial scenes, and urbanscapes for several decades, I went to Africa and voila! New inspiration!
I saw elephants in their natural habitat for the first time. They are the most grand and magnificent animals I have ever experienced. We were amongst a herd of 250. One thousand photos later, I am experiencing them all over again, but with tempera and gouache on paper and oil on linen.
We are all creatures of this earth, but these elephants are the most treasured.
I have great fear of the ivory trade and the wanton decimation of these great beasts.