Into Oblivion (2016)

While hosting an African art safari in 2013, I had the good fortune to see a pack of African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus) also known as the African Hunting Dog or African Painted Dog, in the Hwange Game Reserve in Zimbabwe. I was particularly taken with the fact that these animals' markings are unique to each individual and the blotches reminded me of splashes of paint on an artist's palette. I chose to paint this animal on a stark white background, moving away from us. Standing alone, a fleeting moment passes and he glances back one more time before he disappears into oblivion. A portion of the animal is already fading into the background as though he is disappearing before our eyes. The wild dogs' rapid decline in numbers over the years is due to poaching snares, habitat fragmentation and disease and they are now considered an endangered species. My painting is a statement of ongoing wildlife crime and stands as a symbol of our responsibility to protect all living creatures. After all, we are the caretakers of this planet.
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Into Oblivion

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