Velvet Splendor (2015)

$2500 USD
The moose is struggling to survive in today's world and most of its challenges are man-made. In Ontario, with one of the largest moose populations in north america, there are an estimated 76,000 moose in hunting areas, but over 98,000 licensed moose hunters. Unlicensed moose hunting and poaching are significant reasons why numbers of 115,000 animals in the early 2000's have dropped to approximately 92,000 moose in 2016. Loss of mature vegetation habitat is also a major concern for the moose as more and more of its habitat is lost to global warming effects and human infringement on mature forests. In 'Velvet Splendor' I choose to depict the moose in what I think is its most beautiful state, with full velvet antlers. Awkward, gangly, but beautiful in all its splendor, the moose is one of my favorite subjects to paint.
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Velvet Splendor

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