The natural world has provided a rich and exciting pallet for Mike's African Wildlife Art during his journeys to over 20 countries in four continents. The South African bush was the spark that ignited his serious painting in 1985 and, after visits to the Kalahari Desert, he became totally intoxicated by the African bushveld and those famed hunters, the Bushmen, who were to become his passion for fifteen years. A deep interest in the relationship between man and the environment was to emerge over this period, as was a concern for the many African endangered animals.
Biography: Born in England in 1949, his family soon moved to Calgary, Canada, where his formative years were spent close to nature and the Native Americans. After a period in the Royal Air Force and the Middle East, Southern Africa became his home for 27 years. Undoubtedly a land of intrigue and extremes, this was a place where he felt a kinship with the people and concern for the environment. His pictures, a subtle fusion of Watercolor paintings and Pencil, had always been more than a visual creation. He embodied in them deeper emotions and feelings for a people deserving greater respect from the modern world. His recent return to Scotland in 2000 was marked by dramatic changes. A need to get "close" to nature meant many glorious hours travelling the breadth (but not yet the length) of this beautiful country, and developing new ways of portraying the many facets of Scottish history, culture, landscape and wildlife. Completely self taught, Mike's painting is refreshingly different.
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
Site: Mike Elliott - Fine Art
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