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A Note From the Artist About This Artwork: Upon my arrival, landing on a very remote dirt runway at the northern edge of the Okavango Delta in Chobe National Park in Botswana Africa, I was greeted by an overwhelmingly huge herd of African Elephants, nearly five hundred in all. And there also, with a broad white smile, sat my guide for the next week, waving us over and warmly welcoming us as we climbed into his open aired Range Rover. It was going to be a forty-five minute ride through brush and a wall of five hundred thirsty elephants to make it to the Linyanti River Camp Safari Lodge before sundown. It was at the height of the dry season and elephants were coming from as far as four hundred miles away to the last remaining water available. As they would get within a mile or so, it was obvious they could smell the water and I had the unique privilege to witness them joyously use what remaining energy they had to run full speed in a thunderous cloud of dust, to finally plunge head first into the cool, life giving, marsh waters of the Linyanti River. It was a awe inspiring sight. With so many elephants concentrated into one area and many with babies in tow, the driver said, “Hold on tight, it’s gonna be a very bumpy ride! We can’t slow down or we will get trampled.” And hold on we did as we four wheeled it through the desert brush at forty miles per hour, honking, bouncing, and dodging. It was here, I managed to get a great photo of the charging bull elephant that would later inspire my painting, “Ancient Wisdom”. It simply amazes me, the intelligence these magnificent creatures possess. Generation to generation, they pass on their knowledge. Where the food will be, the salt, when is the time to move on and exactly where the herd must venture to find the ever drying up water holes during the dry season. There is a knowing beyond our vision, beyond our senses, a communication so complete, it governs every creature without effort and yet remains illusive and hidden to most of mankind. Nature offers up her knowledge to those who have the Heart to listen. D. Arthur
A Note From the Artist About This Artwork: It was nearly 110 degrees Fahrenheit and I was sweltering as I sat half in the shade of a Baobab tree and half exposed to the blistering South African sun. We sat quietly in our open aired Range Rover, watching as a mother lioness laid spread out atop a huge termite mound, the largest I would see during my visit to Botswana; her cubs nearby, seemingly impervious to the heat, playing with her twitching tail and practicing their pounce with each other. My guide points out to us that the many thousand of tunnels within the termite mound actually act as a natural air conditioner, cooling the interior of the hive some 10-15 degrees. Mother Nature is such a COOL thing. Literally! Over the course of the next two years, this mother and cubs will spend much quality time as she cares for and teaches them everything they will ever need to know to survive. But for now, it’s Play Time. I find it interesting that most mammals instinctively play and it is a very important part of their growth and maturity. D. Arthur
A R T I S T S T A T E M E N T
D. Arthur Wilson
Master Wild Expressionist
Embarking in the fourth decade on his artistic journey, D. Arthur Wilson constantly marvels at the adventure his life has become. Born and raised near Dayton, Ohio and the son of an artist, his self-taught career began at the tender age of three with his first painting. It is appropriate to assume that the wild heart of the artist wandered throughout a series of artistic styles before settling with his passion and self-defined style of “Wild Expressionism”.
Moving from coast to coast as a quick sketch portrait artist allowed Wilson to explore the people and places that would eventually lead him to that first painting in his definitive style: the inaugural tiger, up close and personal that sold while on the easel before its completion. Since then, Wilson has created thousands of originals that capture the souls of the exotic, alluring beasts. Rendered on European Suede Mat Board with specific application of pastel, Conte’ crayon and charcoal, each is a masterpiece for generations to appreciate.
Wilson’s passion is not only for the wild menagerie that he paints, but for the preservation and conservation efforts as well. His affiliations include Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Tippi Hedron’s Shambala Preserve, SEE-North Raptor Education and Rehabilitation Center, The Digit Fund, Mission Wolf, Nebraska Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Henry Doorly Zoo, Denver Zoo, Little Rock Zoo, Cheetah Conservation Fund, and is included in Who’s Who in America. Wilson's wild menagerie spans the globe with private and corporate collections around the world, and one animal in particular rose to the surface as his own character over a decade ago. "Rhupert the Ostrich" emerged as D. Arthur's Wacky Philosopher and Lovable Icon and has collectors in all 50 states as well as numerous countries. Rhupert's pure and positive message is one that Wilson lives on a daily basis: "Be Yourself". and in the words of Oscar Wilde, "Life Is Too Important To Be Taken Seriously". Rhupert is a metaphor about the Human Condition, always reminding us to simply Be Ourselves, because quite frankly, everyone else is already taken!
“One of the most challenging undertakings a person can face, is to find out who you are, be who you are and then share who you are”.