Australian artist Samantha Tro combines her mission to save wildlife with her interest in digital painting. Enjoy her portfolio, and be sure to visit her website to learn more.
I’ve spent my life working as an engineer and as such, am not supposed to be imaginative and arty. But I’ve chosen to express myself using the medium of digital painting.
Although I’m a Pom living in Australia, I’ve spent years rehabilitating orphan kangaroo joey’s so they can be released back in the wild. My artwork evolved from a need to portray these gentle-natured animals and their individual character traits, in the vain hope that I could demonstrate to ‘Joe Public’ that these wild, intelligent beings should not be served up as a main course or treated with such callus disregard.
Dakota (Orphan from shooting) This darling girl would always stick her chest out and ponder on any low-level flying insect in the vicinity. She was a contemplative juvenile, who was understandably tenacious and unsure in care and proved a challenge when trying to ‘wild her up’ before release.
Missouri and Nimitz (Vehicle accident orphans) Nimitz was extremely timid and unsure of the big world outside his pouch, whilst Missouri his protector was so confident and adventurous. They were always together during their 10 months in care. It took me almost four months after their release to create this piece. It is my bestseller.
Brumbie and Byron (Orphans from shooting) These two were pouch mates in care, but had to be mobbed separately pre-release as they originally came from different locations. This was the first piece where I included a background showing the kind of terrain they would normally belong in.
“Please Can You Help?” (Orphan from a council approved cull organized to make way for a housing development.) Personally the story behind this piece saddens me. One of the times I’m ashamed to be human.
Constantine (Orphan from shooting) Possibly my favorite work, I loved Constantine very much. The hunter had broken the tiny joey’s tail multiple times pulling him out of his dead mothers pouch. A happy baby who was so brave tolerating physiotherapy twice a day to get movement into his tail. Sadly he couldn’t be rehabilitated; he would never have survived without the use of his tail. I wanted to show a number of things here; how gentle this little guy was, the feel of his soft paw pads on your hand when you steadied him, how he depended on you as his foster parent, how he needed love and encouragement because he was a baby.
I spend hours studying these creatures, watching how the light shows up the true colours and depth of expression in their eyes. Observing how they touch and interact with each other, noting how the fur lies on different parts of their bodies and of course taking hundreds of photos to work from.
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