Loxodonta, watercolor, ink and chalk by Jen Walls. "During a trip to Thailand, I spent a day at an elephant hospital and sanctuary. There I met Motala, a landmine survivor who was trying out a new version of her prosthetic leg. Placing a hand on her trunk while feeding her bananas was life-changing for me. This piece, though named after and depicting an African elephant, is a tribute to elephants everywhere and to the people who work hard to care for and heal them.
Matthews, North Carolina-based Jen Walls is best known for watercolor and ink creations incorporating primitive markings, glyphs, tribal patterns and symbolism, though her imajenation can whip up a goat with unicorn aspirations or a rabbit who can fly. Her fascination with ancient markings has resulted in a reverence for the symbolism and spirituality of other cultures, including Native American shamanic traditions and animal totems, reflected in many of her works.
Walls is a member artist at Ciel Gallery in Charlotte, teaches mark-making and doodling (or “jentanglement”) and is an advocate for doodling in the classroom, the boardroom and the waiting room."
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