(gr) Red Elephant – Nshawu Brothers


I took the photograph that provided a reference for this painting close to the Nshawu waterhole on the eastern edge of the Kruger National Park. The waterhole is situated in an open grassy plain and is frequently visited by large herds of elephants. I was there quite late in the afternoon; these two large bull elephants had finished drinking and were standing quietly off to one side while a larger herd of cows and calves drank and cavorted at the water’s edge. Mature bull elephants often form close relationships and may spend long periods of time in each other’s company. They generally don’t accompany family groups unless there is a female in season; the unruly energy and rough and tumble of younger elephants annoys them and they seem to prefer the simple tranquility of a less boisterous life.

The original Nshawu Brothers was purchased by dear American friends who go on safari every year, it is now in Washington State in the US.

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I am frequently asked why I paint red elephants and I don’t have an easy answer, other than an unnecessary “Why not?” I do paint elephants in their natural colour but there seems to be something about the red that captures the essence of the animal, it’s immense power and presence. And sometimes, at sunset, when an elephant emerges dripping wet from a waterhole and the light catches it’s skin at just the right angle, it does seem to glow with an otherworldly radiance.

Signed print from an original oils on canvas painting.

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