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Tasting the Waters

Tasting the waters of the Zambezi

An elephant family coming down to the Zambezi  River to drink


I thought you would be interested to see how Chris’s passion to draw African animals developed since 1994.  This is his first drawing African drawing.  At this time Chris was a manager of a large sheep station in the western Riverina of NSW near Hay.  He would come in at night after a long day out and would draw to relax late into the night and was able to sleep.    I think he would forget all the worries of the Station as the African animals appeared on the page.

The first African drawing as Chris started to illustrate his book he had written of our trip in 1994.
“This drawing is based on our first sightings of elephants in the wild.  We saw a group of elephants drinking at a small stream off the Zambezi River while we were boating up river.  They paid little heed to our presence on the water. Little did we realise at the time of this first African safari, the truth behind the old African proverb “He who drinks at Africa’s wells will always return to drink again”.  We have many times.” quote from Chris
Graphite Pencil – Reproduction prints available
I will start adding some his drawing with his quotes and you will see with interest how his drawings have developed over the 20 years.

Chris Wins Kenneth Jack Memorial Drawing Award 2015

The African Big Five

 The Hunter’s Five,

This drawings won the wonderful Kenneth Jack Memorial Drawing Award 2015.  This was announced on Wednesday, 1st April at the AGRA Gallery, 1 Inglesby Road, Camberwell, Victoria.  Kenneth’s widow, Betty Jack with their son David and daughter Heather were there to present Chris with a painting done by Kenneth in 1963 plus the winner’s certificate.  Robert Wade said about the drawing”Amazing ability shown by the artist, I believe that even the pencils themselves would have been bewildered by the wonderful effects that the artist was creating with them!  An absolute stand out!”  Gallery hours after Easter Wednesday – Friday 10 am to 4 pm Saturday – Sunday 1 pm to 4.30 pm

Exuberence of Youth

A young bull elephant charging


I thought you might be interested in this bit of excitement when we opened our email this morning, see below. 

 Hi Margie and Chris, 

Just a quick note to congratulate you on winning the Judges Choice Award (as the work was way oversize
they did not feel it should win Best Fauna and asked if we would consider a new award).

The judges especially liked the use of negative spacing and light and shade.

 ( Have to tell you the kids love the elephants dangly bits…way before the adults see it 🙂 

It is a very dramatic drawing. This award is very special for Chris as he did this drawing especially for this exhibition. 

He is thrilled to bits with it.    If you have a chance go and have a look.  

 Queensland Wildlife Artists Society Incorporated organised the
Faber-Castell 250th Anniversary Exhibition
  at the Richard Randall Studio Gallery Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens,
Toowong, Brisbane  from 25 June – 3 July 2011

Chris’s description to go with the drawing

A typical show of bravado from a young elephant, full of libido, who breaks out of the family herd moving unconcernedly off a waterhole to charge a supposed adversary, maybe an encroaching Kudu or perhaps a safari vehicle full of camera clicking tourists.  In this case his bravado is short-lived as this enlarged beast, ears outstretched, comes to a sudden halt only to mockingly turn-tail and run back to the safety of the herd.  The knowledgeable driver leans back unmoving and chuckles after warning his passengers to remain silent and still.

Size of drawing unframed  63 x 66cm        Framed 102cm x 121cm


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