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Size: 30″ x 24″
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: A realistic painting of the famous Victoria Falls, a waterfall in Africa.
Artist Comments: Victoria Falls is the third one in a series of five paintings about Africa that I was commissioned to paint. It resides along with the other two in the private collection owned by a couple from San Diego, California.
This painting was both fun and challenging to do. Water isn’t an easy subject to paint. Looking at this painting the viewer senses the movement and power of these mighty falls, all that raw power being unleashed as a myriad of gallons of water coming over the falls crashing downward. I feel successful in conveying that message.
The links below will take you to the other paintings that are part of this commissioned group.
- African Elephant on the Serengeti
- Mount Kilimanjaro Rising
- African Wildlife — Leopard
- African Wildlife — Three Giraffes
Other paintings of Africa that I’ve created are found in my blog article called Adventures In Africa Collection.
Some Interesting Facts About Victoria Falls
Oftentimes when I’m commissioned to do a painting for a client, I like to conduct research about the subject that the painting is to be. I find out some pretty interesting stuff that way. Here are some interesting things I discovered about Victoria Falls.
• Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and is in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is considered the world’s largest waterfall. The falls are located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Every year tourists from around the world trek to the falls to experience its magnificence and wonder.
• The falls were named after Queen Victoria of Great Britain by a Scottish missionary. However, the local tribes would call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya which translates “the smoke that thunders” because of its noise and water splashes. The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 24 miles away, while the spray and mist from the falling water rises to a height of over 1,300 feet that can be seen from a distance of 31 miles.
• Opposite the waterfall is a basalt rock entirely covered with tropical forest. That forest’s ecosystem depends on this waterfall.
• The functions of the falls are not limited only to being an attraction for million of tourists, it is also very important economically. This waterfall supplies energy to several cities in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
UPDATED: 27 January 2020