Artist Tori Ratcliffe has teamed up with World Land Trust (WLT) for a special sale of limited edition prints of her pangolin portrait in time for World Pangolin Day on 17 February.
The signed and numbered prints are currently available in the WLT shop, with 100 per cent of profits going towards conserving the Borneo Rainforest habitat of the Sunda Pangolin in Kinabatangan.
Tori was moved to support pangolin conservation when she came across an article with detailed photographic portraits describing the threats they face from poaching and habitat destruction. “I thought they were so unique looking and was saddened to hear of their plight, especially when they are described as such gentle animals,” Tori told WLT.
“They are the world's most trafficked animal and yet they don't get anywhere near the same amount of publicity as, for example, the rhino gets. I am always so surprised to find out how many people don't actually know that the pangolin even exists, so I thought it would be a really good idea to do a painting to help raise awareness and funds for these creatures.”
Tori’s artistic process
Tori uses a combination of watercolour and pen. She says that when she began pursuing art she was too impatient for the traditional methods, “So I developed my own unique style; applying the paint first in a loose expressive manner and then drawing the fine details afterwards in pen.
“This lively painting style enables me to express the life and vitality of my chosen subject, with the pen strokes working to contradict the chaos of the paint, anchoring the piece together. Its great fun watching the splodges of paint slowly turn into an animal.
“I always use the photo as guidance to help me select the first colour. I then use my colour wheel to help me select complimentary colours that will help make the painting really pop. When painting, I tend to look more at the photo than at the paper so that I apply the colour loosely. It's only when I add the pen on that the picture starts to take shape.”
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