“Being a witness to our rapidly changing world is particularly poignant for an artist inspired by nature. Just painting the beauty of life has become a frustration. I am getting the uneasy feeling that, like the cavemen in the distant past, I am painting subjects that will not exist in our very near future. It has become important to me to paint the ‘big picture’ –the relationship between different species and their environments. The story of our time.”
–Julie Askew
Source: Lifeline – Painting the bigger picture, Stanford University MAHB


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Lifelines 2 & 5

Two Lifelines that feature the plight of the African Elephant

Lifeline 2 - The Last Elephant
"Two of my Lifeline paintings highlight the desperate situation of the African elephant. More than 30,000 elephants are killed each year in Africa; that’s one every 15 minutes! Because we live in a world where human behaviour is often dictated by the desire for profit, we can expect to face the extinction of the wild elephant within our lifetime unless we change our mind set and actions.
One of the closest living relatives to the elephant is the rock hyrax, a 37 million-year-old mammal, about the size of a ground hog, native to Africa and the Middle East. That close relationship exploded into my mind while I was in Tanzania, I sketched wild rock hyrax and later that same day had the experience of finding the skull of a recently poached elephant.
The confluence of events brought the reality up close, and I realized that the only memory of the wild elephant we leave to future generations may be the hyrax. I simply had to paint Lifeline 3 - The Last Elephant "
- Julie Askew, The Artists Magazine 2017

Lifeline 5
Observation is the first step to preservation.
Photographs on location in Tanzania.