Introducing the flagship of her latest series of artwork titled "Cradle of Humanity" Clare Anne Littleton (whose artwork is signed as CAL) aims to motivate others to protect the true wonder and beauty of the natural world. "I believe the future of our planet lies in indigenous ways of living on Earth, this is because since the Cradle of Humanity indigenous people have mastered the art of living on earth without destroying it. Humanity needs to learn these lessons if we want our grandchildren to have a future."
Littleton's work is inspired by an anthropological perspective and a lifetime of boundless travels, however, now during the pandemic lockdown she reflects back in time to her childhood growing up on the Masai Mara Kenya, East Africa during the 1960's which is where her love of nature and an intense curiousity of life began.
Oils on aluminium stretched canvas with handcrafted beadwork (Toho beads/ mother of pearl / ammonite / fossil coral / obsidian)
Size: 180cm x 120cm x 5cm
Every year one out of four of the world's mammals and over 40 percent of amphibians are threatened with extinction due to human activity including habitat destruction, over exploitation, climate change, pollution as well as human overpopulation. Scientists predict Africa’s temperatures will rise twice as fast as the world average. East African pastoral communities such as The Rendille have long adapted to unpredictable, adverse conditions, however, a growing concern is whether pastoralists can adapt to prolonged periods of ever increasing drought.
These unforgiving lands are also home to the Grevy's Zebra and Plains Zebra all distinguished by its unique stripes, which are as distinctive as human fingerprints. With land degradation worsening each year, the distance between available grazing and water increases, meaning zebra mothers have to make long and more frequent journeys to drink, resulting in high foal mortality, which is one of the major threats to the survival of the species.
20% from the sale of this artwork titled 'Indigenous Guardians' will be donated to David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, registerd charity no. 1106893. David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) is a UK registered charity working to save endangered animals in their wild habitat.
For more information about the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation please do visit their website
Kenya Wildlife 1958by John Littleton
These silent movies were taken by my late father John Littleton whilst on safari in Kenya. According to my mother, my father went to Nairobi to buy chairs (as we didn't have anything to sit on!) and came back with a cine camera!