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NOTES: Flushing Egrets-Elephant Calf One of the greatest field trips I ever did was a ride on the back of an African elephant in the Okavango delta in Botswana. People who say that one cannot ride an African elephant are wrong. I did it! An American working with three African elephants in a circus. Dream of bringing those magnificent animals back to their native continent Africa. He could realize his dream, and the three elephants now walk through the jungle with people on their back much more interesting than doing stupid things in a circus.
In the Kruger Park in South Africa they have to kill an amount of elephants every year to save habitats for the other animals. The babies go to zoos or to other places, like our safari man. He had seven. He had seven 3 year old youngsters and they accompanied the three professionals to learn the job. So, we always were surrounded by the little ones, and we always had something to see if no other wildlife showed up. Thats the inspiration for this painting. Little elephants, when excited, run with the ears wide open. Like children they want to play with everything, like here chasing the cattle egrets. A more charming scene is difficult to imagine..
Flushing Egrets-Elephant Calf
by Carl Benders
is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Carl Benders bio
love for all creatures, from the friendly to the ferocious, is evident in his masterful attention to their every detail; nothing is overlooked. With his imagination, Brenders is able to get close enough to wild animals so that he can almost feel their textures. Consequently, his work has a tactile reality, giving us the sense of having been where even the most intrepid of field guides have not ventured. Of this ability Brenders says, "A painter is a privileged being, because in his imagination he can come very close to the animals he paints. In reality, one can never come this close to wild animals, particularly if they are predators. Brenders' insistence on anatomical perfection in his paintings stems from his philosophy that nature, itself, is perfection: "That is why I paint the way I do with so much detail and so much realism " I want to capture that perfection," he says.