Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Big Cats

After hearing it was the year of the tiger I just had to post some paintings I did years ago of the big cats. When I left art school that's all I did was wildlife paintings. I was fortunate to have access to skins and skulls from the Peabody Museum and a private collection of taxidermy animals. I gave them up for trompe l'oiel, because to do these animals correctly I would have to start traveling to see them in their natural habitat. And that was probably not going to be happening anytime soon. I often wonder what would have happened if I had stayed with  painting  animals.


  1. You know I love these animal paintings Mike, so regal and such amazing skill in execution. Wonderful work :-)
    Hope all is well ........... hope you got my last mails too.