The centerpiece of this
powerful collection tells the story of the Clouded Leopard, one
of the most beautiful and highly endangered cats that inhabit
our world. The Clouded Leopard's true numbers in the wild
are unknown because of its shy, arboreal and nocturnal nature.
Everything in this composition alludes to this cat's imperiled
status. Part of the Clouded Leopard's range is in the rain
forests of Borneo, where trees drop their leaves once a year
independently of one another, revealing the cat's habitat.
New growth appears in about two weeks, and the sprouting fresh
green leaves at the lower right of the painting represent new
life for this leopard. The rain forest atmosphere is indicated
by the soft rays of light which symbolize the rays of hope for
the cat's survival. The air fern in the background does
not root in soil, but literally clings to life, as does the cat.
The placement of the leopard on a branch says it all and
titles this painting...Out on a Limb. This painting
has been selected from the 43rd Annual Exhibition of the Society
of Animal Artists for the 2004
- 2005 Art and the Animal Tour.
The smaller painting
of the Clouded Leopard, titled A Leopard to Gaze At
(upper right), reinforces its endangered state. Other endangered
species are also portrayed by the paintings of the Bengal Tiger,
A Tiger to Touch (upper left), and the Cheetah,
A Cheetah to Admire (lower Right). The African
Leopard, A Leopard to Linger On (lower left), is
not currently threatened, but is included as a symbol of strength,
determination and hope for the survival of the other cats in
This collection was created
from my own personal experiences and wildlife encounters and
was painted with the greatest respect and admiration for these
beautiful wild felines.
- Acrylic on Composition Board
Five Paintings Framed as shown - Please call for quote - 973-545-2459
Frame: 17 1/2"x19 1/2"
occupies a 38"x70" wall area.