I had taken some time out from the drawing board to work on new websites to showcase my work and try and generate more interest in my art.
Now that's finished ive started back at the board with a simple but effective elephant drawing based,once again,on an encounter at Chobe game reserve in Botswana.
The elephants I came across in Botswana moved me enormously not least because of the terrible predicament these gentle giants face from ivory poaching.I find it absolutely incomprehensible how anyone could kill one of these magnificent animals.if you've never been to Africa its difficult to explain the overwhelming feelings that you get from being in close company with elephants.They are quite obviously extremely intelligent animals and the nurture,warmth and bond they feel for fellow family members is the same as we humans feel as far as I'm concerned.To murder one of these animals for ivory or for 'sport' is utterly despicable and the people who would do so do not deserve to walk this planet!
South coast based Clive Meredith is an entirely self-taught artist and has been working professionally since 1993 specialising in detailed portrayals of wildlife from both Britain and abroad. Clive's initial interest in wildlife and the countryside was fostered in his early years, brought up the son of a dairy farmer, and spending hours outside in the Shropshire countryside birdwatching and larking about on the river Severn and its streams in his hometown of Shrewsbury. Working in both oils and mixed media,observation is vital to Clive's working practice.Each painting reveals meticulous attention to detail,achievable only by hours spent in the field observing and photographing subjects in their natural habitat.As a result Clive has become renowned for the stunning realism of his images and an incredibly assured ability to inject real life and character into his works. His art has been extensively published with over 80 limited edition releases to date and can be found in galleries throughout the uk and beyond. In 2010 Clive was named Wildlife Artist of the Year by Wildscape magazine after winning the prestigious annual competition with his image 'The Egret pool' and appeared as a finalist in the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2010,2012 and 2013 with works exhibited at The Mall Galleries in London. Clive is a member of the Pencil Art Society and the RSPB.