Jeb is a zookeeper.  He loves his job!

THE SOLO GALLERY

Rama may well be the finest abstract painter in the world.

Entering the solo gallery, large portraits of Rama painting greet visitors.  

Here are solo paintings by Rama and Calley before they met.  A truly extraordinary abstract painter, Rama’s works in the solo gallery document the evolution of his painting skills.  He has mastered eight painting techniques: spray, brush, broad trunk strokes, drip, ‘finger’ painting with the tip of his trunk, short shot watercolor, breath and glaze painting.  It takes a mighty power with 8,500 pounds of thrust to create abstracts of this beauty and force.  Rama is moving so much energy; he gives us a way to remember…

The first all American art movement, abstract expressionism developed in New York City in the 1940’s with the qualities of strong emotion, color, spontaneity, change and the expression of universal truths.  Painting was transformed into an utterly new visual language of emotional intensity, energy and self-discovery.  A revolutionary and diverse movement, it now takes another twist through interspecies work expressing universal truths and the need to quickly awaken.

Visitors will also see Calley’s evocative and symbolic solo paintings from The Earth Angels and Dance The Spirit series, inviting one and all to enter The Grotto of Hope Biodiversity Chapel. 

How do we love all the children of all species for all time? 
William McDonough, world-renowned architect and designer
Rama worked with keeper Jeb Barsh every Sunday morning for four years before meeting Calley.  Jeb brought a wildly creative, yang  power with a brilliant color palette and let Rama belt them out with full exuberance through strong spray and brush work.

Above left:  The Elephant Ark, Calley O’Neill 
Above right:  Rama’s Bindi
Lower left:  Rama Finger Painting
Lower right:  Rama Solo 
 An International Traveling Exhibition of Endangered Species 
Dedicated to the Children of the World by Calley O'Neill with Rama the Elephant 
AN EPIC JOURNEY OF ART AND SOUL FOR THE EARTH
RAMA: AMBASSADOR FOR THE ENDANGERED ONES
Speaking Passionately on Behalf of Those who Cannot Speak