Here is the start of my current Amur leopard painting (reserved). I wanted to show the frightening decline of this beautiful cat representing both the leopard and it's habitat fading. Critically endangered with less than approx. 35 individuals left in the wild and on the brink of extinction. There are captive breeding programmes around the world that are working tirelessly to ensure the survival of this special species. This is why I support zoo management and breeding programmes, I believe lack of education and understanding creates bad feeling towards zoos and wildlife parks, however they are now an essential part of protecting the survival of many vulnerable and endangered species.
I have painted a similar image to this one before, so this time round I wanted to change it up a little. I decided on a darker backdrop highlighting the illusion of a mountainous habitat. The blue / slate grey colours blended beautifully into the orange coat with a hint of rose tone between the two. There will be real strength and intensity from the leopard, illustrating HOPE, forcing change and survival.