This is a 8×8 inch commissioned painting I did of a tiger:
It is the first of a series of three animal paintings.
I am drawn to early 19th-century European tiger paintings, such as Eugène Delacroix’s A Young Tiger Playing with its Mother (1830).
For the landscape, I was inspired by early paintings of Brazil such as Frans Post’s Franciscan Monastery of Igaraszo in the Brazilian Landscape (1640).
Another painting of note is Brazilian artist’s Juan Leon Palliere’s Landscape of the Jungle of the Argentine Missiones Province (1864).
There is something unknown and unknowable in the jungle-scapes of these paintings. I was drawn to that emotion and placed it into my own painting’s landscape. I look back at a time when much of the world was unexplored or in the process of being explored. There is something simultaneously seductive and dangerous in that uncertainty.