Painting on a Grand Scale for Elephant Conservation

Guy Combes - AFC
September 5, 2016 share
Artists for Conservation

As a special feature of the 2016 Artists for Conservation Festival at Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, I am honoured to have the opportunity to allow the public to view my largest and most challenging work yet.

The creative process of this project began in 2011 in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, where on rare occasions, the numerous elephant families gather together in their hundreds while moving from the Kilimanjaro forests to the swamps of Enkongo Narok. Amboseli is a unique and spectacular place, but the threat of poaching is ever present, and on the front line of conservation research, and study into elephant society, is Cynthia Moss and the team of Amboseli Trust for Elephants.

Since my unforgettable encounter, I have been searching for the opportunity to do it justice on a large canvas, and in 2015 that opportunity came along and I began work on a 7 foot Painting. The journey has been exhilarating, and I've enjoyed sharing it broadly on social media. My relationship with the clients who commissioned the painting has flourished and we are now working together to raise funds for Amboseli Trust for Elephants through the sale of limited edition prints. I look forward very much to sharing my experience of the encounter, and the process of completing the painting at the Festival!

For more information and to support Amboseli Trust through this project, visit Guy's external website.

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