We're no strangers to Sophie Green‘s spectacular animal portraits. The UK-based artist uses her masterful painting skills to create hyperrealistic renditions of animals both big and small to help raise awareness of their vulnerability. Not only that, but Green also donates 10% of her profits to wildlife and conservation charities.
Plight of the Flightness is one of her latest finished paintings. Based on a photograph by fine art photographer Stefan Christmann, the piece depicts a group of young emperor penguins approaching the edge of a cliff, as though contemplating whether they should jump off and try to swim. Each bird is rendered in exquisite detail, complementing the stormy ocean background.
Another of her recently completed pieces features a close-up portrait of an African elephant, entitled Broken. In this painting, the subject appears to emerge from a mysterious black background with the light source shining on the face, trunk, and ear of the elephant. It will be put on auction this summer to help raise funds that will help protect the environment in Africa.