Edward is completely self-taught as are the most genetically gifted artists. Using his own reference, taken in the field on one of his many adventures. Canadian artist Edward Spera's creations are inspired from his travels across the globe.
Numerous research trips have taken Edward Spera across Africa, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, China, Tibet, North, South & Central America, Alaska and remote parts of Indonesia. From these adventures he is able to take moments of time and turn them into detailed wonders of art. By doing so, Edward hopes to convey to the viewer the incredible beauty of the creatures that share this world with us. Edward spends long hours using the smallest of brushes to recreate the moment. Every brush stroke brings Edward closer to completing the piece, what he calls his tribute to the existence of that particular animal, “ Writers and poets use words, where I as an artist need to convey an experience in a visual manner”.
This image of a large bull elephant was taken in Kruger Park, South Africa. Early one morning, Edward left base camp just as day was breaking and he started down a trail in his Jeep. Suddenly, the enormous mass of a bull elephant stepped out onto the trail and blocked his path. He stopped and waited, unsure of what the elephant would do or where he wanted to go. As he patiently watched, the light from the sunrise crested the horizon and caught the side of the elephant's face, creating this spectacular image.
The oryx is a large antelope with long, spear-like horns. It is a true desert animal, with a thick, horse-like neck; a short mane; and a compact, muscular body. The oryx is a good example of an antelope that has successfully adapted to the harsh conditions of dispersed food, intense heat and little or no water.
The Arabian oryx or white oryx (Oryx leucoryx) is a medium-sized antelope with a distinct shoulder bump, long, straight horns, and a tufted tail. It is a bovid, and the smallest member of the genus Oryx, native to desert and steppe areas of the Arabian Peninsula. The Arabian oryx was extinct in the wild by the early 1970s, but was saved in zoos and private preserves, and was reintroduced into the wild starting in 1980.
In 1986, the Arabian oryx was classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List, and in 2011, it was the first animal to revert to vulnerable status after previously being listed as extinct in the wild. In 2016, populations were estimated at 1,220 individuals in the wild, including 850 mature individuals, and 6,000–7,000 in captivity worldwide.
A Qatari oryx named "Orry" was chosen as the official games mascot for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, and is shown on tailfins of planes belonging to Middle Eastern airline Qatar Airways. It is the national animal of Oman.