Inspired by a recent trip to Kenya I started a new series, 'Urban Wildlife' in which I combine the beautiful wildlife from Africa with urban style or abstract expressive backgrounds. The idea for this series came to me when I visited a wildlife park in Nairobi while watching the wildlife against the skyline of Nairobi. Seeing those two different worlds melting together into one inmediately fascinated me!
This large size painting of this magnificent elephant is one of the works that sprung from that inspiration. I have always loved those calm and wise animals, seeing them in real always brings a lump to my throat. They get to me on a deep level. They can gaze into your eyes and look right through you like they know everything.
This painting took me three months to finish, layer after layer, it had to mature and grow in time as some things do... But now that it is finished, it seems like he is walking straight off the canvas into your room!