Born and raised in East Africa, artist Karen Laurence-Rowe has witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of poaching and human encroachment on elephants’ habitats.
She regularly donates her artwork to help raise funds for conservation groups and as a result, she was the recipient of the Simon Combes Conservation Artist Award in 2015.
Karen was the 2012 winner of the David Shepherd Wildlife Artists of the Year award, and is the founder of the group Artists Against Extinction. She has kindly donated the proceeds of the sale of her work ‘A Space for Giants’ to us.
Karen says: “I love elephants and have done since ever since I first learned to hold a pencil. I think an elephant was the first thing I ever drew as a child, and even now, they dominate my portfolio of work.
“When the organisers of the Giants Club Summit first approached me, I was merely asked to lend some impactful paintings depicting elephants to create an emotional response to those attending.
“But just the very name ‘Space for Giants’ created such a strong image in my mind, that I decided to paint a piece of art especially for them and donate the full proceeds to their great conservation cause.
“The original concept was to create a totally abstract artwork depicting ‘space’. But as the painting developed, the apparent emptiness of the abstract landscape that was developing before me created a deep sadness within me.
“The idea of an African landscape without elephants was an unbearable thought and I began to dot in various elephants that I had watched and followed over the years. As I changed my mind and moved the elephants around the painting they began to behave as they would in real life – they came and went disappearing as quickly as they appeared – the painting really had become ‘A Space for Giants’.”
Space for Giants would like to thank Karen for her very kind donation.