Scratchboard and Ink
20" x 30" x 2"
A Southern White Rhino from the San Diego Safari Park, the most successful breeders of white rhinos in the world, this endangered species that was once almost extinct and down to 8 rhinos left in the wild and now there are several thousand. Poaching of course is the number one cause of the decline of all rhino species which is so ridiculous when you realize that their horns contain no magic elixir for virility or anything else - it's just keratin like your hair and it grows from their skin, not their bones. I think this picture is so magnificent because it shows how fibrous and rough their horns really are and then of course the message that they're tired. Tired from the sheer effort of carrying their weight around and also tired of being hunted for what amounts to a big ball of hair.
New professional photo and I've updated print accessories, finally!