“Rushegura Silverback”

 

A trek in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda to see the endangered mountain gorillas was rewarded with a one hour visit at close range.

The Rushegura Group had about a dozen members, led by this impressive Silverback. Watching these cousins of ours, in their native home, was one of the most moving experiences I’ve had. I was inspired to portray these gorillas as truly as I can.

Oil on linen panel, 10 by 8 inches, 2007