Zimbabwean-born artist Cole Stirling has spent time observing mountain gorillas which he describes as an awe-inspiring experience. These amazing creatures were once on the very brink of extinction but are fighting back, however, there is still a long way to go. By focusing in on the eyes of the silverback, looking skyward, Cole tried to convey a feeling of hope, a contemplation of a brighter future.
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Cole Stirling’s passion for wildlife started at an early age. Cole’s earliest memories include early morning drives in his beloved Hwange National Park. Art came as a by-product and a way to express his passion. Studying photography at university, later completing Field and Trails guide qualifications gave him an even greater appreciation for the natural world and a want to conserve it through his work. Stirling has always been drawn to monochrome imagery, especially the simplicity of focus on tone and form, a feature he strives for in his works. It’s also quite handy, as Cole is colour-blind!