Neal Armstrong coined the phrase "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." ONE SMALL STEP, this series of paintings, is my way lto advocate for the continued survival of endangered species through awareness and conservation. All proceeds will be donated to this cause.
As an artistic naturalist, I beleives that one can see the soul of creatures within their eyes. Viewing animals in the wild captures my heart and makes it sing upon my canvases. Up close and personal safaris and animal encounters have given me this opportunity to recreate my feelings in oils.
Click on thumbnail photos and then bring cursor to paintings to find out interesting facts about these endangered species!
Giant Panda Baby
Only 1600 left in the wilds of China. Now in captive breeding programs. Was lucky enough to study and research these while in China!
Ocelot / We are One Series
small hunters with beautiful markings in a disappearing world
Roams savannah plains of Africa and can achieve speeds of 70 miles per hour. Nearing extinction due to loss of habitat and 50-75% of all cubs die before 3 months.
King of the Beasts
A disappearing species fighting each other for survival for life on shrinking plains. Such a sad statement that this powerful beast is endangered and fighting for survival and space.
Only 2500 Bengal tigers left in the wilds. No two tiger's markings are alike, just the same as the diversity of the human thumbprint! Saw live tiger in Nepal while on Safari
Guizhou snub-nosed monkey
Side view. China's snub-nosed golden monkeys are Class 1 protected species. This monkey has a single population of 750 individuals and is more vulnerable to extinction than the giant panda
Guizhou snub -nosed monkey
Found in Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve, China. Only 750 left in the wild.
Giraffe baby with protective Mama
No two individuals have exactly the same patterns in their coats. They are the world's tallest mammals!
low hanging fruit
Just trying to blend in and survive in an ever shrinking land
disappearing habitats requiring more bio-divesrsity
Western Lowland Baby Gorilla
Live in heavy rain forests of Cameroon, Central Africa, Congo, Gabon, Angola and the Congo. Endangered vegetarian species.
Rwandan Mountain Gorilla
I took this photo of a silverback male when trekking in Rwanda. I was literally 15 feet away as he lay down to rest, and his hand was so lifelike, I used the photo to paint my reality of these disappearing giants
Rwandan female mountain gorilla. A disappearing breed torn apart by war and strife, and hunted for bushmeat!
Mature Male Mandrill
Closely related to the baboons. Old World monkey. They are often hunted as bushmeat and they are endangered because of human settlement and loss of rain forest.