My paintings are inspired by direct experience of wildlife, so choosing an elephant as a subject created some concerns. I've never been to Africa and never seen any elephant in the wild, so painting an elephant in an African landscape felt wrong.
Instead I decided to focus in on just a part of the animal so no background was necessary. As for "direct experience", I went to the wonderful West Midland Safari Park as they have two African elephants.
I spent an afternoon sketching and photographing, revelling in the textures and the warm glow of afternoon light. The resulting painting is as much about mark-making, tones and colours as it is about the elephant species.
it the Eye of the Beholder because while I was observing the
elephants I felt that they were observing me just as much, leading me
to question which of us was actually the beholder. Additionally, the
phrase is a shortened form of Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder and
to me the textures of the elephants' skins were certainly beautiful.
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