I am so fed up by man’s treatment, not only of the planet but of the unrelenting abuse of our animal neighbours, in particular large ancient mammals like the Rhino and the Elephant. 100,000 Elephants were massacred for their ivory between 2010-2012, this is more than a serious problem, it is catastrophic for the wild population, this cannot go on. If I was ‘King of the World’, I know exactly what I would do but as I am effectively no-one I can only protest and send donations to elephant friendly organisations.
As an artist I do have one arrow in my quiver and that is an ability to realise my thoughts and feelings in paint. Thus ‘Before You After You’ came about, oil on canvas, it was finished in three months whilst in a period of ill-health, I was constantly prevented from finishing it (as with other paintings) and thus it means more to me than some others I have completed.
But the feeling behind the painting is really what gives it meaning, just to clarify, the elephant, alone in an old desert palace represents all of nature, and even if all that is left are a few cockroaches and some foul weather, the planet will repopulate but not with man.