Fine Art Watercolour Paper
Size: 330mm x 330mm
Original Painting Medium: Graphite Pencil
Scientific Name: Pongo pygmaeus
From childhood, I’ve always enjoyed drawing in pencil, and to study and draw this baby Orangutan was a joy.
My baby orangutan portrait was photographed at the rescue centre in Borneo by the photographer, David Barker. As soon as I saw the photograph, I knew I wanted to portray this lovely little face; and the Orangutan Foundation very kindly gave me permission.
Birute Galdikas, the founder of the Orangutan Foundation, has worked for the past 30+ years in the tropical rain forests in Kalimantan, (Indonesian Borneo). Birute has dedicated her life to studying, conserving, and protecting orangutans known locally as ‘men of the forest’. Whilst studying and protecting orangs she has also been protecting their rainforest home and environment, often under extremely difficult conditions. Along with Jane Goodall, and Dian Fossey; Birute is my hero and I admire her tremendously for all that she has done to help protect our precious orangutans and our ancient primary rainforests.
In November 2003, I learned that Birute was giving a seminar at the Zoological Society in London. I booked my tickets for the event and was absolutely delighted and honoured when a week later, I was contacted by the Orangutan Foundation and asked if my ‘Baby Orangutan’ drawing could be displayed on the Guest Invitations for the event.
A couple of weeks later I received another call, this time inviting me to display and sell my artwork, fine art prints, and greetings cards at the seminar. I couldn’t believe my luck, and the following weeks were extremely busy whilst printing and preparing for the event,
The evening was a super success and included speakers: Ian Redmond and Sir Terry Pratchett. I met some lovely people and sold many ‘Baby Orang’ Fine Art Prints and Greetings Cards. To be supporting Birute at the Zoological Society in London, at an Orangutan Foundation event – was a dream come true!
After the seminar, Birute asked if she could purchase my ‘Baby Orangutan’ fine art print. I couldn’t believe that I was actually speaking with the lady I have admired and supported for so many years. I gave Birute my ‘Baby Orangutan’ print and she asked if I would include a personal message for her. Whilst chatting, she explained that she recognised the baby as one she had cared for at Camp Leakey in Borneo….I was overjoyed!
To have met Birute Galdikas; my hero for so many years, was a delight. For this lovely, gentle lady to also like and recognise my artwork; I was on cloud nine!
Thank you to Ashley, Lisa, Martha, and everyone at the Orangutan Foundation for a great evening, and Thank You Birute, for All that you do and have done, for our Orangutans.