This painting was a self-commission of sorts; I painted it as a wedding gift for my husband's cousin. It's clear through almost any platform online or in person that she has a love for elephants. So, while I intended on painting them something underwater (they do scuba dive, after all) I thought this would be a better fit.
I definitely prefer painting something I've seen in its natural habitat. There is nothing like the majesty of seeing African elephants in their home. I'm incredibly thankful for the opportunity to take a study abroad course in South Africa and Lesotho. I really used that experience to influence how I painted this piece, and I really tried to capture the majesty of these amazing animals.