The Endangered, Can Art Save Them?
An International Art Exhibition
(November 7 through January 8, 2021)
When I was 23 I left England to go and live in Botswana with a mad desire to paint in the Okavango Swamps, Botswana. I lived there for 10 years, painting the landscape, flora fauna and people. I was comissioned to design postage stamps for the country and was invited to paint the president in 1991. Moving to the US in 1992 I found success illustrating children's books and having my work licensed on many products. Now living, painting and teaching in Santa Fe, NM. I miss Africa every day.
I fell in love with Africa, especially the wild side when I lived there. Although it is many years since I lived there, it left such an impression that I continue to use elements of Africa in many of my paintings today. I like to focus on their joy, which always delighted me.
My inspiration for this painting came from the plight of so many animals related to climate change. Using the symbolism of hot air balloons, which float precariously in the fragile atmosphere. The animals in the painting are endangered, some heading towards extinction. I perceive them as rising up, heavenward, disappearing from view until they become nothing but a memory. The baskets and balloons are man-made, just like climate change.