“Shimba”, my first-ever acrylic painting on canvas, is named after my first adopted elephant from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage. This is a tribute to Shimba, who unfortunately died in 2013 after a tragic lion attack from which he never fully recovered from.
My interpretation of the blue skies and the green African bush are seen in the marbled background where the colors are married to create the ultimate impact. Shimba, the elephant, then emerges shining in the spotlight for his sheer grace and beauty. The thorny branches are my representation of the human-wildlife conflicts seen today, in terms of poaching and even human settlements in the wild.
This is a personal favorite, mostly because it features my favorite creature – an elephant and it was just so much fun to paint!
This is my first attempt at sharing my personal artwork on such a public platform.
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