'Elephant and Child'2015
17" x 13" including frame
Price includes back-lighting
In 2015 I was commissioned to make a lampshade of a troop of elephants with their babies, going around the shade. As with many commissions, I had not done anything like it before, so as this was a large and complicated piece, I decided to do a small study of one of the panels first. It helps me to get the colours - and more importantly - the order of the colours right, without making mistakes on the main piece.
It turned out just as I wanted. I used three shades of grey for the elephants and worked terracotta dye into the cracks in the background, to get the sense of the heat of Africa.