24 x 48″
Oil on canvas.
Elephants have been looming large in my dreams lately. So I’m painting some more of them. Tyke, in particular, is never far from my heart. She was a courageous hero who stood up in resistance against exploitation and abuse more than 20 years ago, giving her life for 30 minutes of freedom from everything but that stupid fucking hat. She died in a hail of police bullets, suffering at least 80 bullet wounds and a lot of suffering, finally collapsing and dying on a Hawaiian street.
Her great sacrifice ended the exploitation of elephants in Hawaii ever since, and began a nationwide conversation regarding the need to end captivity and abuse of circus animals for human entertainment. She is a true hero who fought the good fight.
This is the second painting I have done of her. As always, a work in progress.