2015 was a good year for me. It was the year I won the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) Wildlife Artist of the Year competition. But time moves on and this year’s exhibition is fast approaching. I have already submitted my entries for 2017, including no less than three armadillo sculptures, and thought you would enjoy a sneak preview. I have chosen animal sculptures to reflect the vital work DSWF does with endangered wildlife around the world.
Three Armadillo Sculptures (AKA The Three Musketeers)
Inspired by the wonderful work of ARCAS, an animal rescue and rehabilitation charity based in Guatemala, my three armadillo sculptures (nine-banded no less) remind me of the three musketeers! For those unfamiliar with the work of ARCAS, they rehabilitate animals seized from the pet trafficking trade, and other wildlife casualties, and release them back into the wild.
Baby Elephant Sculpture at Play
This baby elephant sculpture was inspired by a magical experience in Mfuwe, Zambia, where I was treated to the wonderful display of a baby elephant playing with his trunk in the water. Well, you have to do something while you’re waiting for your mother to finish drinking all that water.
Ethiopian Wolf Sculptures
With these Ethiopian wolf sculptures I was keen to help raise the profile of these critically endangered canids. With only 500 individuals remaining, they need all the help they can get. Sadly, because of pressure from human encroachment and disease contracted from domestic dogs, these amazing animals are facing an uncertain future.
Polar Bear Sculpture
This polar bear sculpture, which I’ve titled Waiting for the Sea Ice, reflects my concern about climate change and the potentially devastating impact it could have on some of the world’s most impressive animals. As the sea ice on which polar bears depend continues to recede, these animals too are facing an ever more uncertain future.