On a game drive in Ol Pejeta Conservany

In 2014 I saw a TV special about the last four Northern White Rhinos in the entire universe being moved from the Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. I HAD TO SEE THEM!!  Travel plans were on & off for the next three years due to events in my own life & then a travel advisory for Kenya at which point I decided it would likely never happen.

Sometime in October of 2016 I found a Japanese Brush Painting Workshop being held on November 13, 2016.  I registered.  It was this class that re-inspired me to make the trip a reality. 

I quickly found all my previous research and was booked by December 21st, 2016.

 

I departed for Nairobi on March 16, 2017.  By that time, only three Northern White Rhinos remained-Najin, Fatu & Sudan.

 

So began the journey of painting these amazing animals!

The Art:

 

Like most children, as soon as I could hold a pencil, crayons, anything that left a mark, I was  drawing, scribbling and making "marks".  And like many of us, slowly but surely did less & less until I did none.  Now I am putting pencil to paper every single day.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magnificent Southern White rhino male.