When I create an animal portrait I never know what will transpire in the conversations that happen between me and that animal during the creation of the painting. What I do know is that I will most certainly hear something truly profound from my subjects.
The lion in this portrait lives in the wilds of Africa. His photo was taken by a woman whose passion is helping endangered species. When I was nearly finished with his portrait, I asked if he had any special message to convey.
His response left me breathless.
“We’re all the same species….the species call life”.