Family Portrait

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Family Portrait

38.00cm H x 47.00cm W
Year Completed:
African Elephant Family
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Artist will donate 10% to Tusk Trust from sale of this work.
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$1,529 USD

This drawing of a family of elephants was inspired by an old, sepia faded, tatty black and white photograph. Thirty years ago I was given the photograph but sadly its history: where it was taken and by whom, is unknown.  As the image was in such poor condition it remained at the bottom of a drawer until 2001.

Having always wished to portray a family group of elephants and in need of reference material - my thoughts returned to the photograph.

The contrast of elephants against the darkness of the forest and the tall leafy trees reaching up into the sky, captured my imagination. I decided to use the trees as a frame for my artwork and to portray the image using graphite pencil. 

The demand for ivory is as old as man himself. This insatiable desire resulted in the elephants' becoming prime targets for hunters as they combed the country wiping out the herds in one area, before moving on to the next.  Sadly the demand for ivory remains as great as ever and it is estimated that one elephant is butchered and killed every 15 minutes.

Hopefully the elephants in my Family Portrait were able to live out their lives naturally though. My greatest wish is that somewhere in Africa today, roaming the same grasslands and following the well trodden path portrayed in this drawing, are the offspring of this family group

Available Editions of this Artwork

Edition Info Edition Size Dimensions Edition Price
Family Portrait | Open Edition (signed) Open 33.00cm H x 40.00cm W $50.00 USD

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