When an elephant is alarmed it will often ‘stand tall.’ Lifting its head high it will throw out its ears to appear as intimidating as possible while it determines the level of threat it faces. I took the photograph that provided the reference for this painting along the Shingwedzi River in the northern part of the Kruger National Park. The riverine vegetation here is thick and during the late dry season the pools of water remaining in the riverbed draw in large herds of elephants. There is a constant coming and going and the Shingwedzi River drive is not for the faint-hearted – certainly not if you are nervous around elephants! The bull in this painting stepped out of the undergrowth and on to the road directly in front of me; I had already had two close encounters and my nerves were definitely on edge. He seemed to tower over me and for a moment the world stood still, I held my breath, eyes wide and heart thumping in my chest. He stared down his trunk at me for what seemed like a long time, shook his head dramatically, trumpeted once and then disappeared into the bush. I don’t even remember taking the photograph. I drove on for a few minutes, found a spot where I could turn the vehicle around and made my way back to the camp. That was more than enough elephant for one afternoon.

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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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