Not all that long ago I was inspired to paint a little possum pinkie called River who was cared for by wildlife carer Rhoda Earl. When I painted River I knew that he wasn’t going to be a popular print. How did I know? I’ve done other pinkies in the past and people just don’t want to buy those particular prints. Mainly because a lot of people can’t work out what they are. Sad eh? Other reasons vary from people thinking they are ugly and repulsive just because they have no fur. This always shocks me, especially since babies seem to be fairly popular among the human race and I know they don’t have a lot of fur.
Anyway, like I’ve always said, I paint for wildlife first and foremost, myself second, and I never cease to be amazed by these beautiful trusting baby souls. I loved painting River Rescue and felt I needed to paint a red kangaroo pinkie just because……..because I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. This piece features the first ever pinkie red kangaroo I had in care, she came in so very sick and dehydrated. She needed to be on antibiotic injections immediately, it broke my heart to give them to her because she was so very skinny and tiny. She was sick for weeks on end, but fought tooth and nail to live. So many vet visits, so many sleepless nights, so much heartache and I loved her to distraction.
She is the blue red who features in my painting Hunting + [ - Habitat ] = Extinction.
Top: 'Trust' Featuring Ariel a Red Kangaroo in rehabilitative care
Bottom: 'River Rescue' Featuring River a Brushtail Possum.
Despite all the terrible things humans do to them, they are born to trust us..........
Samantha "I'm a person who feels I live in paradise and truly love Australia after immigrating here in 2003. I work as a foreign exchange trader, live with my true soul mate and husband Albert. I have a passion for Aussie wildlife and became a registered wildlife carer in 2005 and can say I feel truly privileged to be able to raise and rehabilitate orphan wallaby/kangaroo joeys. I love these creatures with my heart and soul. My dream is to be able to help struggling volunteer wildlife carers, financially, so that they can do what they do best without worrying how to pay the next vet bill"