Oxpecker Head

Edit Artwork | Wallhanging by Theresa Eichler | Artists for Conservation
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Oxpecker Head

Wallhanging
Africa
Dimensions:
20.00" H x 24.00" W
Medium:
Oil
Year Completed:
2009
Subject(s):
Cape Buffalo with Oxpeckers
Original for Sale:
Original Available
Available as Ltd Edition:
No
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Price: $2,000 USD

This is a therapy piece for me. Since a Cape buffalo took out one of my heros, Simon Combes, I've felt like I had a vendetta against them. At the very least I thought I would never paint one. Then I thought, "Well that makes about as much sense as despising all people for the sins of the relative few". So this is a sort of pay back. The name is a bit of a joke, which I thought Simon would appreciate with his unique sense of humour. I wanted to convey the sheer size of these guys, but that they actually look quite comical at times. This fellow was seen in the Masai Mara with my artist friends, including John Banovich the oxpeckers were having a party on this beast's head. It was actually hilarious! The painting was also fun to do, so many colours in the beast! Also, any proceeds will go to the Soysambu Conservancy, the place where Simon lived and died at the horns of the buffalo. Soysambu is now a conservation area thanks to Kat Combes and Guy Combes, Simon's wife and son and the people working with them. It is in such a critical area of the Rift Valley in Kenya, where wildlife compete with settlement and will help create a safer corridor, close to Lake Nakuru Park.

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