Here is one of the paintings destined for the Houston Zoo’s conservation gala. Kito is one of two cheetahs living in the Zoo.
Kito, the Cheetah painting, is informed by nineteenth-century safari and Orientalist paintings. Again, with the Cheetah I am pulling from the trompe l’oeil tradition to highlight how art both re-creates and improves upon life. The obsessive creation of detail relates to a Decadent penchant for design, specifically for the creation of paradoxical space that combines sparse composition with overly-designed elements. In art there can be a careful order or a controlled chaos that is not possible in reality.