Animals are my favorite things to paint. When you paint and draw something you “learn it” in a way that you never could in any other way. There is an Monk saying that to really be able to draw something you first must become it. 

The animals on the planet are stressed. The Black Rhino painted above went on the “officially extinct” list Nov. 8, 2013.  Sad… what we do to ourselves, as connected to this one living being called EARTH. I hold a vision that we human animals can grow up, grow in, be initiated into our mature mind, body, spirit, to evolve to a place where we are responsible to all life and we cherish and hold everything  dear.