Craig Paton Ash


Painting wildlife provides the usual artistic challenges of capturing the appearance,  behaviour and environment of the subject but it is easy to ignore the ‘personality’ which is seen as critical in human portrayal. 

In striving to capture more personality and visual intrique in my recent wildlife art I have firstly eliminated colour and background to help focus on the ‘jizz’ of the subject  and secondly I have been exploring different viewpoints and proximity to better investigate texture and shape and more vigorously engage the viewer beyond pure recognition.

The paintings I have on show at the Cape Gallery’s Visual Safari exhibition display this development around one animal – the elephant.

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