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An original painting on stretched canvas 24" x 24". This pose was taken from the three beauties located at an Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I used photos of FaaMai, Dok Mai, and the founder of Elephant Nature Park; Lek.
I found this activist and her nature sanctuary while looking for photos of elephants to paint back in 2012.
After learning the Asian elephants, like the ones seen here, are in grave danger of extinction as well as the African elephant, I became concerned and little by little involved and in love with these gentle giants.
The sanctuary also has become the home of many dogs and cats rescued from the cruel dog meat trade,water buffalos, ox and other rescued animals.
Each elephant has it's own care-giver, or mahout, without the use of bull hooks or chains. The animals are free to roam, swim, explore the forests and just be themselves.
I love they way the pachyderms show their love for one another and the behaviors of using their trunks to check the mouths,ears of members of their herd and just hold trunks or hug one another. Most find another elephant they spend all their time with, as well as family herds.
Any sales of this print will generate a 50% donation to Elephant Nature Park, which I used as models for this painting.
April 25th, 2014
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