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Giraffe silhouette watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm with textured back-ground by SkeletalMess

I didn’t know this, but there are nine recognized subspecies of giraffe! They are: the Nigerian giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis peralta), the Nubian giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis camelopardalis), Baringo (Rothschild’s) giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi), Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi), Reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata), Thornicroft’s giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis thornicrofti), Kordofan giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis antiquorum), Angolan giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis), and the Southern giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa). They live in scattered geographic regions in Africa, and have differing colour patterns.

“The giraffe, although from sixteen to twenty feet in height, is perfectly defenceless, and can only trust to the swiftness of its pace and the extraordinary power of vision, for its means of protection. The eye of this animal is the most beautiful exaggeration of that of the gazelle, while the colour of the reddish-orange hide, mottled with darker spots, changes the tints of the skin with the differing rays of light, according to the muscular movement of the body. No one who has merely seen the giraffe in a cold climate can form the least idea of its beauty in its native land.”
Source: In the Heart of Africa, by Sir Samuel White Baker

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  1. 5th May 2011 – FEATURED in Live, Love, Dream
  2. 5th May 2011 – FEATURED in Your Country’s Best
  3. 5th May 2011 – FEATURED in Playful Photogenic or Color-Painted Animals
  4. 9th May 2011 – FEATURED in Let Animals stay Free
  5. 10th May 2011 – FEATURED in Inspired Art
  6. 17th May 2011 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge Mother Africa in “Painters Universe” – 4th Place
  7. 1st July 2011 – FEATURED in Wildlife of Southern Africa

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.
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  • Heather Vallance
    Heather Vallanceover 3 years ago

    Lovely Maree.

  • Hi there! and thanks a lot Heather!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Monica Engeler
    Monica Engelerover 3 years ago

    Very nice work. Beautiful animal the giraffe.

  • So glad you like it Monica, thank you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    My favourite animal! A lovely look! Mysterious…;-)

  • Thank you Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • rosalin
    rosalinover 3 years ago


  • ah, so pleased you like it Rosalin, and thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    great work

  • Thank you JustArt, glad you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • almaalice
    almaaliceover 3 years ago

    Exquisite, one of my favourites without a doubt, instant fave sister. Almaxx

  • Ah Alma, thanks for the fav, you’re gonna have a whole AFRICAN portfolio there! I’m sure this also reminds you of your trip here to the South. You could start an RB album of “African memories”!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 3 years ago

    Beautifully done, love the texture, great text. Dee

  • Ah, thanks ever so much Dee!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • banrai
    banraiover 3 years ago


  • Wow, thanks Banrai!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ladymoose
    Ladymooseover 3 years ago

    Wonderful. Love giraffes:-)

  • Thanks Moose! Me too!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sheila Laurens
    Sheila Laurensover 3 years ago

    Your wonderful work has been featured by Your Country’s Best


  • Wow! This is absolutely great Sheila! Thank you for the feature, I’m really thrilled!!

    – Maree Clarkson

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