Spirits of the Valley
Oil on Canvas,
Spirits of the Valley
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Oil on Canvas
W: 1200mm x H: 800mm x D: 25mm
W: 47" x H: 31" x D: 1"
Approx. Weight: 4kg
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About "Spirits of the Valley"
Perhaps it is the prospect of life that means the most ,the possibility that we have the next twenty four hours ? Sooner or later we learn there are no guaranties of life in this form however such is our obsession with the future that we are seldom living in the present living our lives in an imagery of a better place , a better life style
Is it that prospect that is actually the thrill to life ? They say its the hunt that is the thrill not the actual killing ! or perhaps we just subconsciously work on the fact that we are in fact timeless ?
Life however is something we build each day at a time , like a painting , each brushstroke is an experience we live with , these brush strokes are the wisdom we grow in !
Time is nothing but a measurement that we use as a way of shortening our lives and putting limits to it yes that's time we live by it we plan by it and we box everything up in to it and yet in the face of Nature and its immeasurable majesty , we are humbled
As the sun slips toward the horizon these old trees Like sentrys , watch and monitor all life around them quietly living each moment as it is .Their trunks anointed with markings and messages from generations of elephants , they are the notice boards in the thick Zambezi Valley Jesse .
There is an aura that exists even to us insensitive humans when in the shade of these great trees it has a healing ability to the mind slowing the pace we exist at and above all giving us perspective !.
This painting has been modeled on three trees , some where deep in The Zambezi valley , hidden away in the jesse , they have been meeting place for the great grey Giants for centuries .Set in the hazy afternoon sun ,elephant dung- scattered around the trees creating an atmosphere of its own .The aroma of the dust and sweat creates an ambiance so typically Africa!
These are the spirits of the valley !
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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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