Some background on these paintings...
The gorillas, lions, rhinos, narwhals, warthogs that inhabit these paintings are passing through the “urban jungle”. They show up as very unusual pedestrians on very busy streets or perhaps they are stranded on a bit of grass or water in an otherwise completely hardened, urban situation. Sure, there are animals that can thrive in cities with humans – the pigeons, the rats, the dogs and the cats. And of course there is the stray moose or two that wanders down Main Street. Most wild animals, though, have crawled far away from humans to find some peace and refuge in remnants of forests and swamps. It is absurd to believe that these minuscule islands of habitat are adequate homes for wild animals.
On these canvases I depict my fantasies of animals appearing in cities. Cities will be what is left for them…so they had just better adapt! ...and there they are--calmly crossing the downtown streets. So I guess we had better expect a few traffic jams and a few delays! Ha!
The rhinos, elephants and gorillas that frequent my paintings can be easily identified but I’m not sure most people will recognize the blue birds flying high above the city traffic. They are Spix's macaws - circling just above the jaws of extinction. There are only a few left and all remain in captivity. One male survived for 10 years in a remote portion of the Brazilian rainforest. There were several attempts to release willing females in his vicinity but he never mated with them. So, except for a few in the zoo, Spix’s macaws have departed this world.