The Research

This painting, Forest Waterhole, depicts a waterhole in the Aberdare Mountains Conservation Area in Kenya. The area covers some 480 square miles. It rises to a height of 14,000 feet and is home to many rare species of animals and birds. It is an important watershed. One in three Kenyan's livelihood is dependent upon the rainfall, rivers, forest and wildlife of the Aberdares

This waterhole I am painting actually exists at an altitude of 7,500 feet. The many different varieties of trees include mountain olive, wild fig (ficus), podo carpus, cedar and cape chestnut. It is unusual to see so many different species of animal visiting a waterhole at the same time but during my research there, I found tracks in the mud of all of them; all except the bongo, which has become very rare.

Helping to save the Forest

When completed, this painting will be released as a limited edition canvas and limited edition paper print. Each commission for the Canvas Edition of Forest Waterhole taken during Safari USA 2002 will be accompanied by this "down to earth" original art collaboration between the endangered elephants of Kenya and myself. The paper on which this 6" x 8" remarque is painted is made from elephant dung. Yes, no kidding, elephant dung.

The Greenwich Workshop will contribute the value of this remarque, $100, to Rhino Ark. This organization is engaged in building a protective fence around the perimiter of the park in which Forest Waterhole can be found. If you would like to order the paper print, we would still like to offer you the chance to contribute $100 to Rhino Ark and receive this one of a kind piece of art.

Ten years ago, my brother started an annual off road rally known as the Rhino Charge to help raise money to build the fence. Every year since then the event has raised ever increasing amounts and this year was the first in which I was able to compete. The fence has reached the 150 mile mark- roughly half way.

Click here to visit Rhino Ark.