On March 28, 2007, UK artist Pollyanna Pickering and her daughter/manager Anna-Louise Pickering departed for Bhutan sketch and paint the rare flora and fauna of this largely undisturbed region of the Himalayas.
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Pollyanna PickeringHonMUniv NDD AFC SOFA Painter of the Living World
Subject: Giant Panda Dimensions (inches): 34 x 40 Medium: Gouache Description: The most iconic animal to be found in China is of course the Giant Panda – designated a ‘National Treasure' by the Chinese Government. Fifteen years ago Pollyanna and her daughter Anna-Louise were the first two western women ever to travel to a remote panda reserve in the Tibetan Borderlands of China. Here they worked in a small panda hospital, helping to care for a six month old baby panda bear – and in the surrounding mountains succeeded in seeing a wild Giant Panda. Since then the Earthquake which struck the Sichuan Province in 2008 has devastated the region, with many of the roads yet to be rebuilt. Pollyanna followed in her original footsteps to the starting point of her journey – the city of Chengdu – where she visited The Giant Panda Breeding Research Base sketching the residents, including the beautiful red pandas. However her main destination was The BiFengxia Giant Panda Base. Originally planned and built as a ‘training' centre to prepare captive bred pandas for release into the wild, since the earthquake it has provided sanctuary for 53 pandas relocated from the centre at Wolong. Pollyanna was fortunate enough to be allowed to work closely with the pandas, even sitting quietly inside their enclosures to sketch – an opportunity few wildlife artists will have shared!
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Price: $7,500.00 US