African Buffalo

755mm x 605 mm • Oil on Canvas

Yet another work inspired by “Chris Martin wildlife photography’.

I just had to paint this work, for old time’s sake. I don’t think there is a single field guide working in any African reserve who has not at one time or another been ‘greeted’ by the tempestuous stare of one of these grumpy old beasts as it stands motionless in your path with no intent of moving aside (especially if you’re guiding in Nambiti private game reserve). The old ‘African roadblock’ brings back so many memories! On closer inspection the buffalo’s seemingly blank stare says so much more than you could ever first have imagined. The somber eyes look straight through you right to the pit of your stomach conjuring up feelings of unnecessary guilt and repentance on your part. You then feel an obligatory sense of respect for the formidable creature and you have the sudden urge to bow gracefully, addressing the buffalo as “Sir” as you attempt to sneak past… or maybe that’s just my experience! This image is an African classic, I love it.

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