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African Elephant, painting in Acrylics by wildlife artist Jackie Garner

African Elephant, painting in Acrylics by wildlife artist Jackie Garner


My paintings are inspired by direct experience of wildlife, so choosing an elephant as a subject created some concerns. I've never been to Africa and never seen any elephant in the wild, so painting an elephant in an African landscape felt wrong.

Instead I decided to focus in on just a part of the animal so no background was necessary. As for "direct experience", I went to the wonderful West Midland Safari Park as they have two African elephants.

I spent an afternoon sketching and photographing, revelling in the textures and the warm glow of afternoon light. The resulting painting is as much about mark-making, tones and colours as it is about the elephant species.

I called it the Eye of the Beholder because while I was observing the elephants I felt that they were observing me just as much, leading me to question which of us was actually the beholder. Additionally, the phrase is a shortened form of Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder and to me the textures of the elephants' skins were certainly beautiful.

Why choose an original painting?

- Original artwork enhances your room and lifts your mood. Feel a rush of pleasure every time you look at it.

- Be the envy of your friends and family - no one else has this painting

- Bring the beauty of African wildlife into your home

- "A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires." Hedy Lamarr




Framed original
painting in acrylics
for sale £1,200

Approx 91.5cm x 61 cms / 36" x 24"

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