“Once Upon a Time” - Largest Original
Like Banovich, NASCAR legend, winemaker, and conservationist Richard Childress has been deeply touched by the charms of Africa. He and his wife, Judy, invited John to create a painting for their great room – a room framed by thirty-foot ceilings – that would redefine wildlife art. To exceed their expectations, Banovich reached deep within and chose a painting he had been carrying in his heart since a young man, a life-sized elephant, something that no artist had ever attempted. The title, “Once Upon a Time” pays reverence to the magnificent tuskers that once roamed the African continent, before the world’s fascination with ivory greatly reduced their numbers. In modern times it is very difficult for an elephant, with this genetic capacity, to live long enough to grow such an impressive set of trophies.