This is one of myfavorite paintings of all time. Everything about it is original, from the colorful unified midtone washes, to the exotic subject, to the lighting. The point of view of the artist seems to be from another elephant. It is flawlessly drawn and scrumptiously rendered.  —Rachel Wolfe, Editor, Splash:



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About David Rankin

David Rankin’s award-winning watercolors are in public and private art collections in the US and India, have been featured in more than 150 museum exhibitions, are included in the North Light’s series, Splash: The Best of Watercolor, and Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing, and in numerous art magazines. He promotes conservation and appreciation of the natural world through his paintings and has served on the board of the Society of Animal Artists since 1990.  David is one of the true modern-day masters of transparent watercolor, exuding a dynamic passion for the medium in his lectures, demonstrations, and workshop instruction. His art reflects his profound passion for both watercolor and nature—he feels a connection with the subjects he paints and hopes that comes through in his work. According to David, Nature is his prime instructor with his lifelong yoga practice as the additional support needed to access inspiration. He says, “Nature, as a subject, is too vast and intricate for any one artist. Each of us sees and paints only a tiny fragment of her expanse. As a focus in my work, She is an endless mystery.”