The Israeli self-taught painter, Nava Mucharsky has loved to paint since she can remember. When she was a young girl, she did sketching with pencils and coal. Afterwards she started oil painting. She never studied art or painting, but was teaching herself and experimented with different techniques; she believes that she succeeded because she really loved it. Lately she started to draw a lot with pastels, even though she still really loves oil painting.
HOW DID YOU GET TO GORILLAS?
Since I was young I loved apes and monkeys in general. I love the chimps and I have read Jane Goodall's book about them. I have watched a lot of documentaries about different kinds of apes and monkeys, and the movie about Dian Fossey (Gorillas in the Mist) especially touched me. Unfortunately I could not travel in the world to see the chimps and the gorillas in their natural environment.
WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES GORILLAS SPECIAL?
Gorillas are really special. They are full of warm family feelings, they have a lot of wisdom and they remind of humans a lot. Their eyes are deep and they have a unique glare. They are honest and beautiful inside and out. It is wonderful to see creatures like them in the nature, they enrich our world.
HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR WORK CAN HELP GORILLAS?
Art opens eyes to people. Without words, people can enjoy the beauty of the gorillas through the paintings and understand that we need them in our world. That we cannot disregard or hurt them, and that we need to protect them and their natural environment, so that they won't go extinct. Without animals, the world will be wasteland.