OLD WISDOM

Limited Edition Giclee Print

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OLD WISDOM

Limited Edition Giclee Print

       I stood up in a small clearing, high on the mountain in Virunga National Park.  The day was brisk, the air thin at 9000 feet plus- it had been a few hours climbing the steep mountains of Virunga, sometimes on our knees, with no guarantee that we’d see a gorilla at all.

       It’s quite a lot of energy and resource to devote to such a trek.  Jim and I had just been in Tanzania the week before.  Thousands of animals could be seen there in one direction, and from the relative comfort of the Land Cruiser.  Sketching there was easy, and productive.

       Our guide up the mountain, a seasoned park ranger suddenly put his arm out for us to stop, be quiet, and then the bamboo began to shake with an unseen force, leaves raining all around us.  

       And there he was, dappled light on his blue black hair, dark amber eyes calmly regarding us.  He could have been no more than a few strides from where I stood, and we huffed out a greeting, eyes averted, as we had been trained to.

Giclee Dimensions: 48" x 60" on gallery wrapped canvas, ready to hang $1200.


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The most magical moments of my life occurred during my trip to Rwanda
The most magical moments of my life occurred during my trip to Rwanda
Our little group of friends hiked to within 20 feet of the mountain gorilla family. This silverback stared at me with piercing eyes and left me wondering what he was thinking.
The most magical moments of my life occurred during my trip to Rwanda

Our little group of friends hiked to within 20 feet of the mountain gorilla family. This silverback stared at me with piercing eyes and left me wondering what he was thinking.

Where to look first?

I'm allowed an hour and a half for what could be a lifetime of work.

There isn’t much that can prepare you for sharing the same wild, small space with a huge, wild gorilla. His family eased into the moment as well, youngsters like jet black snowballs rolling around wildly on their knuckles, stopping to beat their little chests with attitude. Mothers, trying to eat the tender bamboo, interrupted by their wayward children swinging on vines, regarded us cooly.

Slowly, I pulled my sketchpad from my pack and began to draw.

Now, this is nothing like drawing from a model in art school, be assured. Eye contact with many wild models, is a no-no and try as I did, I apparently was a bit too intent looking at Dad - one of the adolescents rolled across the leafy floor and slapped me hard on the legs.

But draw I did, as humbly as an artist can, secretly thrilled to have been touched by a gorilla. Those sketches are directly linked to this piece, and one of the most memorable moments of my life.

I may never wash those pants again…




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