WHY DID I PAINT THIS?
Wildlife on the move to a new world and a new life. (I see these downcast animals walking up into the heavens to their Creator and disappearing off the face of the earth.) The scorched earth can no longer sustain them. They have almost been hunted to extinction and their habitat and food have been destroyed by humans. This is their final march and the last time they will be seen on earth. They head for their very own place in the sun where humans cannot interfere with them. No more cruel, selfish hunting or poaching for animal parts, just peace and quiet and an uninterrupted existence that was intended when they were first placed on earth. Earth will never be the same again, but that is the price man has to pay for their disregard towards wildlife.
This, of course, is a fantasy piece and a little whimsical. I just got to thinking ‘what if there was no wildlife left’? These thoughts led to the painting. Some of the animals are quite realistic in their silhouette form, others based on the Bushmen art of the early age in Africa. The viewer can make up their own minds as to what is what. But the theme is clear. I hope this painting appeals to children and adults and gives everyone something to think about.
©Copyright. ‘Animal Exodus’. Art by Caroline Street.