LEOPARD IN TREE, 24” X 38”, 1977
Leopards live in a wide range in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia. Leopards are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List because leopard populations are threatened by habitat loss, and are declining in large parts of their range. Compared to other wild cats, the leopard has relatively short legs and a long body. It is similar in appearance to the jaguar, but generally has a smaller, lighter physique. Its fur is marked with rosettes similar to those of the jaguar, but the leopard's rosettes are generally smaller, more densely packed and without central spots. Leopards and jaguars that are melanistic are known as black panthers. This painting was one of my first projects and was done in pen and ink and colored pencil.