'Evening in the Luangwa' signed and dated 'David Shepherd 74' (lower right) oil on canvas 60 x 110.5cm (23 5/8 x 43 1/2in).
David Shepherd always had an ambition to be a game warden in Africa and sought a career within the national parks of Africa. This was not to be, so he returned home with his dreams shattered and decided the only other thing he could do was to become an artist. After four years training in London he returned to Kenya for a visit and the paintings he produced there set him on a path as a wildlife artist.
Evening in the Luangwa was painted from sketches done from life in Shepherd's favourite wildlife destination the Luangwa Valley in Zambia. Also known as the "Valley of the Elephants", when Shepherd first visited this glorious place in the early 1960s, the country was home to over 100,000 elephants today fewer than 25,000 elephants survive due to escalating ivory poaching. Zambia remains a priority project for The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, where we have recently set up a new elephant orphanage.
5% from the sale of Evening in the Luangwa by David Shepherd is being donated to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF). David Shepherd is known internationally as an artist and ambassador for wildlife. In 1960 he became a conservationist overnight when he witnessed hundreds of animals lying dead around a poisoned waterhole in Africa.
DSWF is a small wildlife charity with a big impact, supporting a range of innovative and far-reaching projects to protect endangered mammals, such as tigers, elephants and rhinos, throughout Africa and Asia. We urgently need your help to send undercover agents into the field to investigate illegal wildlife crime; train and supply anti-poaching patrols; fund our vital community education and outreach programmes; increase the reach of DSWF TigerTime campaign; and to put countless other critically important projects into action.