Deborah Peters, wildlife artist and “Cat of the heavens”

April 5, 2010

Deborah Peters snow leopard painting, "Cat of the Heavens".

Today I’m featuring another wildlife artist who has done a painting of a snow leopard. I’m in awe of these generous and talented people. And it’s been fascinating to feature some of these artists and see how they interpret the same animal so differently, but each with a sense of wonder and enchantment. See Martin Aveling’s “An eye to the future” and Michael Pape’s “Ghost of a Chance”

Today it’s Deborah Peters who has worked in computer animation and 3D in the film industry. She says what she learned there was “Show the story”. She enjoys pushing the envelope with extreme close ups and cropped compositions; what doesn’t enhance the story gets edited out of the picture.

Deborah snow leopard painting is titled “Cat of the Heavens” and she says, “I’ve always loved animals and started painting the Big Cats a few years ago. There’s something so regal and majestic about them. I’ve always been infatuated with the Snow Leopard’s beauty, but when I started reading about them on the Snow Leopard Trust website, they truly are unique from other cats. Their elusiveness, endangerment and yet ability to just hide from man unless they choose to be seen, is amazing to me.

Deborah Peters, wildlife artist.

“The desire to learn more about those I love to paint has been my focus this year. Up till now, I simply appreciated the beauty and soul of these animals. A little research unveiled some disturbing truths on how many are just trying to survive.

“This painting I’ve done is 36″ high by 24” wide, larger than life-size. I wanted to share this beautiful face that is aware of the viewer’s presence, but not threatened, just boldly staring back with those eyes that stare straight through us. What would she say if she could? And can we appreciate this moment? For me, doing this painting was humbling and I’m so proud to be partnered with the Snow Leopard Trust, who have truly found ways to help that make sense for the local people sharing the lovely cats’ domain.”

Thanks so much Deborah, this is a strong and stunning work. I love the color of what looks like sunlight on the fur. And congratulations also on your support of endangered animals and the Snow Leopard Trust.

For readers who are interested in owning this magnificent work you have the option of the original oil or limited edition prints on canvas or paper. Check them out on Deborah’s website.

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“Ghost of a chance” snow leopard painting

March 6, 2010

Michael Pape's "Ghost of a Chance."

I wanted to feature another excellent wild life artist, this time Canadian, Michael Pape. As a keen conservation supporter, Michael has created some magnificent works of art and through this work raised funds for organisations like the Canadian Endangered Species Fund, Ducks Unlimited Canada,  Snow Leopard Trust,  Amur (Siberian) Leopard, Tiger Conservation Program and the Halliburton Wolf Centre

His “Ghost of a Chance”, a serene work of a full prone snow leopard on soft white snow (see pic), won the 2009 Ducks Unlimited’s Canadian National Portfolio contest. Michael says of his works “my goal is to create fine art paintings that will touch the viewer in a way that will enrich their life through feeling, meaning and purpose.” See more on Michael’s website.

$100.00 from each of these Artist Proof Prints sold will go to The Snow Leopard Trust.

Michael Pape's "Solitary Watch."

Michael’s other work of a snow leopard, the enigmatic “Solitary Watch” is also for sale and again, part of the proceeds will go to the Trust.

Michael is also a signature member of the prestigious Artists for Conservation, whose goal is to bring awareness of animals and their environment through wildlife fine art.

What a beautiful way to help bring these and other animals to the attention of art lovers worldwide. And a generous way to support in their conservation. Well done, Michael.


Wildlife artist Martin Aveling’s beautiful snow leopard

September 20, 2009
Martin Aveling's work "An eye to the future" Snow Leopard

Martin Aveling's work "An eye to the future" Snow Leopard

Wildlife artist Martin Aveling’s beautiful pastel pencil drawing of a snow leopard cub has been entered into the 2009 Society of Wildlife Artists exhibition in London. He’s called the work “An Eye to the future”, would be interesting to know why….I’m imagining a future where these graceful animals are no longer endangered….