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            Thank You for the Question! I have taken the information below from the text " Fire into Ice Adventures in Glassmaking" by James Houston.

" When I was nine or ten and a young art student studying at the Art Gallery of Ontario, my art teacher, Dr. Arthur Lismer, Made a Journey to Africa. After many Months he returned home,. We were all excited! Suddenly, the sound of African drums and singing could be heard through their galleries, A tall thin dancer wearing a huge Ashanti mask appeared. " Its Dr. Lismer" we cried out. " He's Back" We all started to shout and skip and sing. I could imagine this famous artist teacher of mine paddling up the Congo River in a dugout canoe with huge crocodiles swimming all around him, and lions and leopards following though the jungle and along the riverbanks." 

' At that very moment. I made up my mind to go to Africa and to all the other far away places in the world. In 1974, I went on safari to East Africa--to Kenya and Tanzania--famous doe herds of elephants and zebras, fleet footed gazelles, and prides of lions leopards and rhinoceroses; so many different kinds of birds, hippopotamuses, and crocodiles. There I saw the snow topped mountain of Kilimanjaro, and  the great flat plains with Tall Giraffes, wildebeests, and swift cheetahs: sights I'll never forget in all my life. I filled my sketchbooks with hundred of drawings, some of which have turned into glass designs. The Masai were there as well- tall, thin, elegant, cattle-herders- a unique, people in a truly awesome land."



Thank you again  I hope that this helps give you an idea of how James Houston was influenced by the Land of Africa to create a number of art works including the "Elephants of Kimimanjaro."


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