White Rhino Original Art
Frame: Black - Hand Stained - Mount: Dark Grey
Original Painting Medium: Pastel Pencils
Scientific Name: Ceratotherium simum
Region: South Africa
I received an email asking if I would portray an African endangered species, for the 'Explorers Against Extinction' auction, to be held at the Royal Geographical Society, in October 2017. All funds raised to help protect rhinos, elephants, lions and combat wildlife crime in Africa.
I've been supporting a number of wildlife groups for 30+ years and one of these groups is Rhinos Without Borders. I knew immediately which species I wanted to portray for the auction.. and couldn't wait to get started on my new artwork.
I am also a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation, and I couldn't believe it when a week later I received another email asking if I would donate an artwork for the 27th Int. Ornithological Congress in Vancouver, Canada. The focus: to highlight all 678 endangered species of birds of the world, in a large mural comprising individually created paintings. I couldn't think of a better way of getting back into my little studio and my world of art and conservation.
So, I have since been beavering away to finish my artwork, 'White Rhino', and she has just been uploaded to their website and is now Live and Open to Bids. yay!!!!
This is the link to my White Rhino page:
and a link to the EAE home page. http://explorersagainstextinction.co.uk/
Am trying to let as many folk know as possible and asking if they will kindly Share my link far and wide. I hope that you can help too, maybe you know someone that might just be willing to Share the link. There is a variety of artwork that has been donated and I hope my rhino will raise as many pennies as possible, and that she will also go to a good home. To be 'onest, I didn't really want to part with her.... especially when I saw her in her new frame. I'd put my heart and soul into her and had become quite attached. I had to remind myself that it was for a good cause. lol!! and then quickly get her in the post. :) It is funny how some artworks can take you like that.
On a more serious note. At the beginning of the 20th century there were estimated to be 500,000 rhinos across Africa and Asia. At the end of 2015, there were around only 29,000 rhinos (all five species) surviving in the wild. In South Africa, every 7 hours a rhino dies. Poachers kill on average 3 rhinos per day – and 1 elephant every 15 minutes, to feed the demand for horn and ivory, on the black market. Our rhinos and ele's need all the help they can get, so hopefully the project will be a huge success.
If you can support the auction in any way that would be super. If you would like to purchase my 'White Rhino' that would be absolutely super too. Please follow the links or if you wish to receive further information, please do contact me.