Here is an oil done from photos taken at Santago some years ago and called 'The Lookout'. Looks as though this is the same female Snow Leopard that we photographed recently. (She was the only one waiting to go to her new home.) A beautiful and gentle cat.
Had a wonderful day out on Monday at the private Santago Rare Leopard Breeding Project. Unfortunately it is closing shortly due to the sad death of the founder Peter James. Santago has had a good record over the years with breeding these endangered rare cats and was a place where you could get really close to them in a quiet and beautiful setting. The animals are all going to new homes very soon (some abroad) so it was with a heavy heart that we said farewell at the end of the day.
Photos are of a beautifully marked Clouded Leopard - we felt really lucky to get some lovely photos of them as they are usually so reclusive. Then a Black Leopard relaxing whilst waiting for his lunch. The African Leopard was photographed above us on her tree platform and lastly the gorgeous Snow Leopard who as usual posed beautifully. When there is time I hope to do some studies of them.
I am an artist working in the South East of the UK and I draw and paint (using pencil, oil paint or soft pastels) all subjects but especially Arabian horses. I also run a small art group from home. It is a privilege to immortalise much loved pets as well as champion animals and I hope you will find 'Notes from the Easel' interesting.