Joining a wildlife safari is a magic experience, one that stays with you long after you have returned home. I know this from first hand experience, having been involved with many safaris over the years. Nothing compares to the experience of witnessing wildlife in its natural environment. It can be breathtaking in its beauty, awe inspiring in its drama, deeply moving in its intimacy, and at times startling in its harsh reality. But it is always a profoundly moving experience, one that affects me deeply.
And I’m not the only one. Clients often tell me of an experience on safari which leads them to commission an animal sculpture. For many people, of course, a wildlife safari is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s only natural to cherish those memories. But often the photos aren’t enough. They tell only part of the story, and rarely capture the emotional impact of actually being there.
This is a void that animal sculpture can fill. As clients often tell me, it’s the physical presence in the room that makes sculpture so engaging. It isn’t simply a picture in a frame. It’s there with you in the room. That tangible physical presence fires the imagination in a way that few photographs can, transporting you back to the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush or the Indian jungle.
It has been a great pleasure watching the creation of this sculpture from an idea I had from my travels in Botswana and developed as a dramatic scene by you.
I’ve been privileged to make a number of animal sculptures for clients who have returned from a magical experience on safari. Some people commission me to sculpt a particular animal in a specific pose. For others it’s the animal itself that fires their imagination and they are looking for a sculpture that captures the essence of that animal. Either way, commissioning a sculpture of an animal you have witnessed is a wonderful way to commemorate your safari and celebrate the experience.