Aristotle once said the elephant was “the beast which passeth all others in wit and mind”. Unfortunately, they are now increasingly threatened by poaching and human intrusion into their habitat.

The original artwork measures 19 × 12.5 inches and was created with ink pen and liquid copper leaf, with a little bit of colored pencil work around the eye. I used acid-free Canson Mi-Teintes paper in an Oyster color.

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Having a great love animals, fairytales, and world mythology, Pennsylvania artist Lynnette Shelley fuses these influences into her strikingly unique illustrations. Her artwork strikes a primal chord in many viewers, with almost Jungian associations to the colors and shapes. Her artworks have been likened to images from an undiscovered ancient civilization or culture.

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  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...about 5 years ago

    very awsome…as always!

  • Thanks Patricia!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghabout 5 years ago

    Once again, YOU ROCK! Love it. He/she seems so pensive. Now of course you are committed to do a glorious Rhinocerous..LOL! Cheers, RVG

  • ooooh. A RHINO! hmmm!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityabout 5 years ago

    Oh This is magnificent Lynette, beautiful hatching and so much character- Fantastic !!! xx

  • Thanks Anita. I appreciate that.

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • cathyjane
    cathyjaneabout 5 years ago

    Brilliant work. The texture is amazing.

  • Thanks Cathyjane

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Enivea
    Eniveaabout 5 years ago


  • Thank you Enivea!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Poisonlolly
    Poisonlollyabout 5 years ago

    i thought you really going to put the elephant inside a room lol and i agree with you. people should have more awareness, because animals cant protect themselves from evil hand of humans

  • ha ha. I thought about doing….

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Blended
    Blendedabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations your work has been featured in Art Up Close, Sept. 25th ’09.

  • Thank you!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • J.M. Romig
    J.M. Romigabout 5 years ago


  • thank you

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersabout 5 years ago

    Incredible work Lynnette! I love the texture you have established in this piece.

  • Thanks Ken :)

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellabout 5 years ago

    just beautiful!!

  • Thank you Catherine :)

    – Lynnette Shelley

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