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Wildlife Art 2017-06-09T11:10:27+00:00

WILDLIFE ART – MY CONNECTION TO NATURE

 

Why wildlide art? Why a cave and not a factory? Why a parrot not a sister, why a rainforest not a city? Why do I choose to paint the wonders of nature and wildlife, and not of man? It’s because I want to be on the outside looking in.

In art a favoured technique, taught to even young children, is perspective. When you start from a nearby vantage point and go further and further away. I don’t think you can unearth anything of value in human life unless you start from the outside and go deeper.

As Charles Darwin said: “He who understands baboons would do more towards metaphysics than Locke.” When I paint mandrills, kakapos and albatrosses, I feel more insight and understanding about the deep questions than I would if I were to paint mechanistic scenes.

Artists are always trying to replicate the symmetry and masterpieces of nature, because art was born from that need; we all of us are innately drawn to natural wonders. Which is why we watch David Attenborough or go for picnics in the countryside. I paint wildlife because I submit to nothing except my ingrained biophilia.

I find nothing more beautiful than the colours of the sun fading on an albatross wing or the way a rhino’s taut hide seamlessly blends into its harsh environment. I want to bring out the poetry of life in full colour.

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