Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with art and wonder and the kind of joy that makes your heart do a little dance on the inside. I am sincerely grateful for each of you following my page and I hope to have new artwork to share with you in the coming year once I recover from an injury that is keeping me out of the workshop for time being. Happy 2018!
These two portraits of Jasper, a beloved moon bear whose legacy touched many hearts at the Animals Asia sanctuary in China, made a big splash at the Animals Asia Fundraiser Gala in London this weekend!
You can read more about Jasper's story and the wonderful work of this organization here:
I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the new followers of this page and also send out a big virtual hug to all those who have been part of the "family" here for a while now. It means so much to be connected to so many who share an appreciation for the beauty and importance of earth's precious wildlife.
I look forward to sharing new murals with you here in the coming months, but, in the meantime, here is a photo featuring the four special animals which inspired me to dedicate my art to celebrating and supporting wildlife conservation: elephants Kamok and Ashaka from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and rhino Gertjie with his surrogate mother "Lammie" from Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.
Hello Sundog friends! I am delighted to unveil my latest mural -- a heartwarming portrait of Solio and Mbegu, two very special animals rescued and raised by the The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. This custom design was commissioned as a gift for someone whose compassion for animals great and small has touched many lives around the world.
The mural is made of several types of colorful wood including walnut, maple, poplar, purple heart, ebony, yellowheart, and bubinga. (No paint or stain.)
Happy Art-iversary to Elephant Champion and gratitude for the chance to create this wonderful mural for you to honor Simotua and Mbegu! ❤️
A brilliant day, my Simotua and Mbegu mural has arrived. It is stunning and will be treasured forever. Such depth of wood and shine - you have to touch this w...onderful artwork as well as admire it with your eyes. With Simotua's passing from his horrific snare wound, I am unable to foster him forever but I can keep him in my heart and home forever with this tribute to him. Thank you Sundog Wood Murals by Sherri Lewis for having such a creative talent, a big heart, and giving back to conservation to fight for the protection of the most majestic sentient beings. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust loved Simotua and provided the best care for him and they continue to support the wonderful mini matriarch Mbegu....this wonderful organisation sustains life. May we all sustain life rather than harm Mother Nature and the diverse wildlife that we SHARE this planet with.
One of the joys of my creative process is getting to incorporate salvaged materials which might otherwise be discarded. Every mural I make includes something which was salvaged from another project or woodworker, and I love how these "found pieces" add their own stories and beauty to the finished artwork. (This box of colorful wood scraps came from a local luthier.)
While re-purposing materials and minimizing waste are my own small ways of caring for the earth in my daily work, I believe each of us has the powerful potential to make the planet a better place for us and for the special creatures with whom we share it. Don't give up. Earth is the only home we have.
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. ... There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter." Rachel Carson, Silent Spring #EarthDay2017
This colorful assortment of Sundog note cards and magnets is on its way to help with a few upcoming fundraisers for rhinos, including "Bowling for Rhinos" and one to benefit the recently-attacked Thula Thula Orphanage in South Africa.
Although the subject may vary and no two of my murals are ever alike, the process of creating what I call my "Art with Heart" follows the same surprisingly-simple formula:
Step 1) Find an inspiring photo that tells a story;
Step 2: Draw story on paper. Add love and stir well;
Step 3: Work gently with hands until appears.
"Where there is love, there is life." Ghandi
Try one of these ideas for a truly special Valentine's Day:
Plant flowers for the bees and butterflies, sponsor a baby elephant through The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, donate to a homelessness or refugee organization, smile at a stranger, visit a nursing home, take a bag of treats to an animal shelter, hang a new bird feeder, shovel a neighbor's sidewalk, bake cookies for the whole class, tell someone you appreciate them. ...
Imagine how beautiful it would be to see all of that love come to life! Feel free to share about your act of kindness in the comments below.
"Dreaming Boab Tree" with Dingo --
The boab tree, also known as baobab, "bottle tree" or "tree of life," is a symbol of power, presence, strength, and grace.
Original intarsia mural made of cedar, pine, maple, poplar, bubinga, koa, walnut, redwood and yellowheart woods. Handpainted sky motif. 19 1/2" x 19 1/2"
Original wood portrait of orphaned rhinos Gertjie and Matimba sharing a tender moment at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.
This is a Limited Edition (only four will be sold), with 50% of proceeds from each donated to US Friends of Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Orders taken now will be filled by Christmas 2017.
#Gertjie #HESC #EverySingleRhinoCounts