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Painting: Acrylic on Canvas.
The plight of the rhino becoming an endangered species is a fierce and emotive topic. I was disgusted when one night when, my husband and I were enjoying the peaceful tranquility of the Lalibela Game Reserve, we were told that our guide was called out on an emergency rhino reconnaissance as a helicopter was flying over the reserve scouting for these beautiful creatures.
The hard reality really hit me in that moment. We had just seen these magnificent beasts in the wild, gracefully grazing while the sun was setting - their majesty was overwhelming. Who would want to do harm to such divine creatures? Well, we all know the answer to that and just how unnecessary and uneducated their killers are.
I hope this painting evokes feelings of love and protection for these animals who are fast becoming an endangered species.
The gold spiral backgrounds are my better known trademark and they represent the verve and energy of the sacred geometry of life - the divine blueprint.
I have used thick textured acrylic to build up the tough raw hide of the rhino and used bits of stick and bark to get that wrinkled look before I applied the final layers of paint. The painting is very tactile which may not be apparent in the photographic representation.