Each print comes with it’s own certificate of authenticity signed by me. Only the finest materials were used to make this limited edition print, which I have produced myself. Both the paper (Somerset Enhanced Velvet) and the inks (Epson UltraChrome Pro) are of archival quality, meaning the print could last up to 400 years.
Size: The framed print is 53.5 cm x 53.5cm and the unframed print is 50cm x 50cm. A standard size that should enable you to get a frame easily online if you choose this option.
I draw with Uni-ball Signo ballpoint pens on raw linen canvas. To prepare the surface I lighten the canvas with a white oil paint wash. Once this is dry, I draw with the biro, as I would with pencil on paper. After the drawing is complete, it’s varnished (to fix the ink in place) and more white oil paint is used to add light and finalise the composition. The ink is actually surprisingly versatile, in terms of its colour. If I want a blue tinge to the work I can layer white oil paint over it, or leave the canvas showing through to leave a sepia tone.
Very sadly, the white rhino was hunted to extinction in Uganda during their civil war in the 1960s. Fortunately, there is an ongoing project to reintroduce these incredible animals via a sanctuary that is currently growing a stable population of white rhino. This is symbolised by this calf that was born a couple of months before we arrived at the sanctuary on our last stop before travelling back to Entebbe to catch our flight home. We were truly privileged to walk with these animals for an hour and they really are majestic.