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Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm

“Let a Person Walk Alone With Few Wishes, Committing No Wrong, Like an Elephant in the Forest.”
- Author unknown

Africa’s wild animals are a constant source of inspiration and for me elephants symbolise Strength, Solitude, sense of loyalty to the family and Intelligence. Looking into the eye of an elephant, one sees Wisdom beyond our understanding.

I sketched this young elephant (Elephantidae Loxodonta) on a visit to the Elephant Sanctuary Hartebeespoort Dam in the North-West Province of South Africa, where they provide a “halfway house” for young African elephants in need of a temporary home.

20th August 2010 – SOLD 1 Greeting Card – thank you to the buyer!
6th November 2013 – SOLD 1 Greeting Card – thank you to the buyer!

  1. 19th October 2011 – FEATURED in Welcome to the Jungle
  2. 9th October 2011 – FEATURED in Works on Paper
  3. 21st August 2011 – FEATURED in Artists Universe
  4. 1st July 2011 – FEATURED in Wildlife of Southern Africa
  5. 4th May 2011 – CHALLENGE WINNER in the challenge ’n Nuwe Kenteken/ A New Avatar in Afrikaans
  6. 5th October 2010 – FEATURED in African Beauty
  7. 12th January 2011 – FEATURED IN Just Fun
  8. 18th July 2010 – FEATURED in AW Welcome Center
  9. 3rd July 2010 – FEATURED in Show Us Your Bloopers
  10. 29th June 2010 – FEATURED in Mozambique and Neighbouring Countries
  11. 2nd July 2011 – FEATURED by RedBubble in EXPLORE – Whoot whoot!
  12. 2nd November 2011 – FIRST PLACE TIE in the challenge Kuns/Art….only ART/ KUNS alleenlik! in ‘Afrikaans’
  13. 23rd March 2012 – FEATURED in Image Writing
  14. 5th September 2012 – FEATURED in Bubbling Artists
  15. 21st November 2012 – FEATURED in Amazing Wildlife
  16. 26th April 2013 – FEATURED in Wild Africa
  17. 14th September 2013 – FEATURED in Love these Creatures
  18. 15th September 2013 – FEATURED in Animals of Africa
  19. 18th September 2013 – FEATURED in Live, Love, Dream
  20. 5th November 2013 – FEATURED in The Best of Anything & Everything
  21. 8th December 2013 – FEATURED in Art Universe
  22. 12th February 2014 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge Group’s AVATAR Challenge for FEBRUARY 2014 in ‘BREATHTAKING WILD ANIMALS & PLANTS’
  23. 15th June 2014 – FEATURED in Animals of Africa and Madagascar
  24. 9th July 2014 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge JULY AVATAR AND FEATURED MEMBER in Animals of Africa & Madagascar


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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • Ladyshark
    Ladysharkover 4 years ago


  • Thank you Sharkie!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Susan van Zyl
    Susan van Zylover 4 years ago

    for adding this artwork to the African Art at Heart Group

  • Thank you for popping in Susan!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Mariaan M Krog Fine Art Portfolio
    Mariaan M Krog...over 4 years ago
    • Beautiful Maree!

  • Thank you Mariaan!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    Strong and confident and impressive….the elephant with wisdom in his eyes! You have painted him so beautiful.

  • Thank you Liz, I’m actually in the process of trying a couple more elephants.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • shazart
    shazartover 4 years ago

    This is a fave for sure – wonderful work of art Maree! Great description & title. Have been to Hartebeespoort Dam !

  • Thank you Sharry! Thanks for adding to your favourites! If you go to my BLOG, you will find LOTS of Harties paintings!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Heidi Mooney-Hill
    Heidi Mooney-Hillover 4 years ago

    Hi, this is just beautiful, I to love natur and sometimes I’m disapointed and sad, that other people don’t see the world like I do. I also see so many things, that other’s don’t notice
    Gr. Heidi

  • Thank you for your kind comment Heidi – to have a “seeing eye” is wonderful and mostly it is because people don’t “look” anymore and just take everything for granted. Gr

    – Maree Clarkson

  • PS : Thanks for adding this to your favourites! ♥

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago


  • Thank you for that kind comment Magaret!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 4 years ago

    Lovely watercolor!

  • Thank you Angie, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • GenuineDragon
    GenuineDragonover 4 years ago

    Stunning work, well done.

  • Thank you Wojciech, glad you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

    Very nice Maree. Soft color and yet their strength shines through in this art.

  • Thanks for your nice comment Barb!

    – Maree Clarkson

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