Rhino's - The Spiral of Life Painting by Cherie Roe Dirksen

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Rhino's - The Spiral of Life

Cherie Roe Dirksen

South Africa

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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.

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Print:Giclee on Canvas

Size:12 W x 16 H x 1.25 D in

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I'm a self-empowerment author as well as a multi-media artist (which includes being a painter, bass guitarist for Indie band, Templeton Universe, designer and composer). I originally come from the tip of Africa — Cape Town. My art is a reflection of my inner workings and my passion for bright colours, form, symbology, fractals and sacred geometry — whatever stimulates me to unpack a vision onto canvas with whatever medium feels right (which is why I continuously experiment with mixed media). My drive is to bring something fresh, spirited, emotive and unique into the world. I combine my love of art with my fervor to write and help others to get their creative juices flowing. I run my own site and blog. I have been a regular columnist for Conscious Life News (2012-2018) and South Africa's holistic magazine, Odyssey (2016-2018). I work from home and live with my husband and two feline children in the bizarrely artsy and intriguing village of Barrydale (Klein Karoo) which provides me with infinite laughs, incredulity and moments of sheer awe and inspiration. I have also been the art and crafts teacher at my local youth upliftment center called, Net Vir Pret (which is Afrikaans for Just For Fun) since 2015. Our main focus for these classes is to teach the children to make crafts from upcycled material. I grew up and was schooled in Fish Hoek, a sleepy little coastal town on the Cape Point route. I took art lessons with local artist, Veronica Vincent, and later on — in my senior years of education — took extra classes at the Frank Joubert Art Center in Newlands where I pottered with ceramics and sculpture for 2 years. After leaving school I became a qualified Interior Decorator through the Sheffield School of Interior Design and worked in a few local framing consultants/galleries and art shops. In 1999 I left the art world in pursuit of music and joined a band called The Bends. We brought out 2 CD’s — ‘7 Days’ and ‘Uncomplicated’ before we decided to move to the UK. I'm currently the bass guitarist for the South African indie/alternative/rock band, Templeton Universe. We successfully over-funded our album (146% funded), 'Between Lies' (2017 release) via Indiegogo Crowdfunding (www.templetonuniverse.com) and are currently in studio working on our next release.

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