On the shores of Trinidad, it is common to come across washed up coconuts among the driftwood. The little hole and two indentations above it look undeniably face-like and inspired me to turn some into little puffer-fish characters with a bit of acrylic paint and varnish!
This piece has been adapted from an article that originally appeared in the Quarterly Bulletin of the TTFNC. More pictures and photographs by the other artists are included in the original article.
Despite the name, the El Socorro Centre for Wildlife Conservation is in fact situated near Freeport, in central Trinidad, surrounded by citrus and teak plantations and – at this time of year - under the constant threat of bush fires.
We were treated to a full tour of the property, which supports a fantastic variety of Heliconia plants, some sweet citrus (with which we filled our hats and pockets!) and two ponds teaming with life. On returning to the main house, we dispersed in different directions with our pencils, paints and cameras. Ricardo set the photographers the task of taking shots that minimised the presence of the enclosures – tricky to achieve given that the majority of residents were unavoidably in some kind of cage or vivarium, but Jeffrey and Kamal accepted the challenge happily!
Many of the animals we met are destined for release to the wild – including their latest arrival, a baby ocelot, born at the centre just a couple of weeks ago. We were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this beautiful creature; she will be kept with minimal human contact and fed live prey to maximise her chance of successful release.
I am a keen artist in my spare time. I currently run a natural history art group within the TTFNC.