Rhinotopia Beginnings is a collection of the first thirty-eight oil paintings in Sarah Soward's Rhinotopia series that equate the rhino to the sacred. The paintings work with archetypes from around the world in the form of deities, powers, and forces of nature. The book presents the paintings with art analysis and context to deepen the reader's connection to the art and, more importantly, to the rhino.
The book is reflective and poetic in its descriptions of the artwork. It ties composition and color theory decisions to the founding inspiration of each piece. You will come away with a new appreciation for the rhinoceros as well as a deeper understanding of art.
"Rhinotopia sets about placing the rhino into overarching contexts and locations that range from the purely fantastic to the lightly surreal. They are juxtaposed into landscapes where they do not currently dwell to drive home the message that rhinos should exist; and they should exist everywhere."