My coloured pencil portrait Sleeping Snow Leopard has sold. It now lives with a couple who collect my art, for which I am very grateful – both for their support and as I know this artwork will be much enjoyed.
It is the way that the sun lights up this Snow Leopard that first caught my attention. That intense glow and the warmth I can imagine the rays bringing with it. Perhaps the Snow Leopard chose this spot to rest as it knew that it was the perfect position to catch the morning sun. I like to think so.
Drawn in coloured pencil on black paper, this is as much a study of textures as it is a study of a magnificent creature. The way the light catches the roughness of the tree bark frames the portrait and draws us in as if inviting us to come closer. The glow of the golden light bouncing off the thick coat of the snow leopard makes me think of how cold it’s home in the mountains is, and how welcome in turn this basking in the sunlight must be.