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Hippo Protection.

I was so sad to hear that the hippos are becoming an endangered species. This picture is my tribute to these magnificent creatures. It’s oil paint on 50 x 60 cm canvas.

Hippos are being pushed towards extinction by an insatiable demand for their long ivory canine teeth. Unregulated hunting for their meat, skin, and teeth, combined with shrinking habitats and increased hippo-human conflict have lead to a decline in populations across Africa. The primary threat to both hippopotamus species (common hippo and the pygmy hippo) are habitat loss and deforestation.

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Elephants Galore!

These two paintings are a couple of elephant studies finished recently. Both were a challenge for me in their different ways.

The first – A Mother’s Love – is oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm, and took a long time as it was a gift for someone very special in my life. I may have overworked it as a result, but hey, that’s life!

The second one, also oil paint, but on canvas board, 30 x 40 cm, was quicker to do and a little more relaxed as a result! Perhaps I am just getting more used to painting elephants!

I hope you like one or other, or both! I am tempted with a wolf I have seen as my next project – watch this space! Thank you for reading xx