Esther LidstromSAA, AFC Animals in Paint, Pencil, Pen, Pastel
Wall Street Warrior
Subject: African White-Backed Vulture Dimensions (inches): 27 x 17 Medium: Acrylic on Paper Description: Inspiration - Kenya 1982
It was during a quiet evening in the Mara that we came upon a commotion in the long grass. Vultures surrounded a dead cape buffalo. It was not a carcass left over from a kill, but rather the intact body of an animal that had simply died on its own. Like a flock of traders on the stock exchange floor, they jockeyed for position. Some stood atop the fecal-spattered remains; others were attempting to break into the body at its several orifices. I ignored the unpleasantness of the scenario and noticed some artistic aspects, in particular the defiant look of a white-backed vulture situated in close proximity to the tail end of the dead beast. After taking a few reference photos I observed the glances among my three companions. With a laugh I commented, 'Hey, this could end up in a museum someday.'
Years later I painted the Warrior. The vulture that had staked a gross claim to the tail end of the dead buffalo made his debut at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He became part of Art and the Animal National Tour after which he returned home to a perch overlooking my kitchen table.
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