38 x 28cm
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Original painting of giraffe fighting. Painting of a giraffe and its foal.
The composition of Sue’s paintings is critical. It’s based upon the law of proportion known as the “Golden Mean” which is an aesthetic principle used by the ancient Greeks. This is because Sue’s focus is the animal itself.
Her experience has taught her that “what you leave out is just as important as what you put in”. As a result, her stark, clean images concentrate exclusively on the animal as well as conveying the wide-open spaces of Africa.
The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world. Because of their very long necks, Giraffes are able to feed on the foliage of trees, not accessible to other herbivores. The tongue is used to pull pods and leaves into the mouth. They are then stripped from the stems with the teeth.
Giraffes are graceful, and watching them eat off the tops of the trees or stoop down for a cool drink at the watering hole is memorable.