Parker pen and black ink sketch and colourwash in my Moleskine A4 Folio Nature Journal

  1. The only way to save a rhinoceros is to save the environment in which it lives, because there’s a mutual dependency between it and millions of other species of both animals and plants.
    - David Attenborough

When taking my grand-children to Lanseria Airport, we pass by a game farm just a couple of kilometers from where I live (Gauteng, South Africa), and these two White Rhinoceros – Ceratotherium simum – were grazing right by the fence, so I stopped and did a quick sketch. They didn’t seem bothered by me at all, I was just on the other side of a rather rickety looking game fence, which I’m sure they could demolish with a step or two, should they so wish! And I was thrilled to see that they still have their horns, so many are being removed to thwart poachers in a conservation effort of these magnificent animals.

Sometimes we’re lucky enough to see the Lions close-by the fence, but I’ve never left my car to try and sketch them!

  1. 3rd November 2011 – FEATURED in C.O.R.E.
  2. 3rd November 2011 – FEATURED in Welcome to the Jungle
  3. 19th November 2011 – FEATURED in African Art and Photography
  4. 9th March 2012 – FEATURED in Painters Universe
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  10. 5th March2014 – FEATURED in Love these Creatures

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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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 3 years ago

    What a wonderful experience you had!! Beautiful work Maree! Please don’t leave your car when you see lions!! ;-)

  • We often see the lions Liz, but definitely from the safety of the car! Did you know that they’re right next to the main tar road going through Kromdraai? Thanks a lot for the fav, appreciate that!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • davvi
    davvialmost 3 years ago

    fine,very nice.

  • Thank you Davvi!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelalmost 3 years ago

    stunning artwork .. no dont leave the car .. wouldnt want to see a photo of you disappearing into a lion .. smile .. Angel xx

  • Ha ha! The last Game Reserve owner (at Krugersdorp Game Reserve) that got out of his car was actually killed by the lions (not joking) so, no, I will not get out! Thanks for the fav Angel, great that you like this!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholalmost 3 years ago

    Really lovely, Maree. I love the warm tones.

  • Aaah, thank you for that Sue, and also the fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 3 years ago

    Fantastic!! Not to mention the fact that rhinos ARE fantastic in any form. Beautiful work as ever, Maree.

  • Thank you Sheila!! You always lift my spirits with your lovely comments!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 3 years ago

    Kom net gou weer bietjie loer, hierdie is so baie mooi vir my!

  • En SO baie dankie daarvoor, jy’s ’n skattebol!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardaralmost 3 years ago

  • How great is this Ushna! Thank you for the feature, I really appreciate that!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 3 years ago

  • Aaah Laura! Thank you for this wonderful feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • JolanteHesse
    JolanteHessealmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful, sensitive work, Maree!

  • Thank you so much for the fav and your lovely words Jolante, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    This work has just been featured in African Art & Photography
    Please go here to view your work and congratulate fellow members

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