Impala | Jaini’s Art Diaries

So the last painting I shared with you was of a little seascape that I had painted, and since I love painting wildlife, I thought it was only fair if I go back to my love. And so, I present to you: “Impala”.

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Photo | Hitesh Shah

Swara means impala in Kiswahili – the official language of Kenya.

This is an acrylic painting of an impala that I painted a couple of years ago (I can’t quite remember when exactly) that now hangs in a mini-gallery on a corridor outside Dad’s office. As you can tell, I love safaris, especially because they are literally in my own backyard. And the one animal that you never miss seeing is the ever-graceful impala, which was the reason I decided to paint this beautiful beast.They are usually just strolling around and grazing on the grass, or  running and leaping away, at high speeds, from predators.

I created a 3-D effect on the painting by using tissue paper to literally have the impala stand out on the canvas. The background of a blue sky with lush, green grass is the standard view, whilst on safari. The impala stares at you with its gorgeous eyes – I used black beads for the pupils, and the elegantly-carved, lyre-shaped horns mesmerize you.

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Photo | Hitesh Shah
Photo | Hitesh Shah


While they only hang out in large herds, only male impalas have horns, the females do not. 

This was a little challenging to paint, as I’m not the best with crafty stuff, but it was so much fun to create. It was also a little different from the wildlife I tend to paint, but there’s still so much more wildlife out there for me to paint…

Feel free to share your comments on my piece below 🙂

You can contact me here if you would like to commission a bespoke work of art for your home, office or institution.


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