Alain Miles says:
“I’m a big fan of Dale’s work. First because of the intimacy of his portraiture, where we meet his people eye-to-eye, exposed to the fierce afternoon Kenyan sun. As he says, the pictures don’t flatter, but to me, his approach somehow reveals layers of character that I might have missed in a more subtle context.
I’m also interested in the subject-matter. Many of his paintings are of the Maasai people, who have been suffering incredible hardship as a result of drought and disease. As I was working on the words to accompany the picture, Dale wrote: “There was a cholera outbreak in the village as a result of the thousands of dead animals polluting the water-table which supplied the bore-holes … so the message of fighting disease is appropriate.”
Some 20 years ago, I spent a memorable family holiday in Kenya, where we were delightfully entertained by the Maasai. What I didn’t realize, as a tourist, was that there was so much I didn’t know. A good starting point is the site Masai of Kenya – which also helped to inspire the poem. There’s a recognition that lifestyles will need to change, that education and technology are vital; at the same time it’s vital that traditional values should be respected and observed.
Dale’s aim is to highlight the ‘personal effects of hardship on the lives of these courageous people’. I hope that our efforts here will help to spread understanding … and I’ll be collaborating with Dale again.”
30% of net proceeds from sales of ‘The New Hunter’ are being donated to a small charity, Osiligi Charity Projects, which specifically helps to relieve poverty in the Maasai areas of Kenya, focusing on education, health, and sustainable employment.
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