Giclee 'OPEN EDITION' Prints
Aprox. Size: 297mm x 210mm
Original Painting Medium: Graphite Pencil
Scientific Name: Canis lupus
Region: Northern hemisphere
My artwork, 'Howling Wolf', is a pencil portrait. A wolf howling at the moon is an iconic image and not a true depiction of wolf behaviour. A wolf will howl in order to make contact with his pack, especially over long distances. Wolves will also howl to proclaim territory; warning other packs to stay away. Wolves also make a number of other sounds including growling, barking and yelping as well as communicating with facial expressions and body language.
In 2006-2007 I was invited to illustrate two books on wolf conservation and, as part of the project, was delighted to be invited to a Wolf Sanctuary here in the U.K. My 'Howling Wolf' drawing was produced for the book, 'A New Era for Wolves and People' by Dr. Marco Musiani.
At the U.K Wolf Conservation Trust I had a lovely time meeting, sketching and photographing the wolves and, at the end of the day, just as I was about to leave I couldn't believe my luck....the wolves started to howl; it was such a beautiful and haunting sound.
The night sky was indigo blue and filled with hundreds of twinkling stars and sat right above me was a large, bright, full moon - it was a magical experience and one I will I never forget! I drove the long journey home with the biggest smile on my face.
I have actively supported wildlife conservation groups for the past 30+ years and, since becoming a Wildlife Artist, have always dreamed of illustrating a book for a conservation society. In 2006, this lovely dream came true!