Down by the River
32″ x 21″ original acrylic painting
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On of one of my many hiking excursions during my 2010 wildlife research expedition to the Corcovado National Park in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, I was inspired to paint this scene of a black jaguar walking along the shoreline near where the river meets the sea.
My personal guide on this hike told me of a time when he had been walking the beach and looked ahead through the strewn driftwood to see what appeared to be a stick flipping in the wind next to a washed up log. It was so intermittent that he thought nothing of it until he got closer and a black jaguar bolted from the cover of the log. What he had thought was a stick was actually the jaguar’s tail.
I chose a black jaguar for this painting to pay homage to the guide’s story. I was also very drawn to the pristine condition and colour of the river water… a brilliant turquoise. Unfortunately, due to chronic deforestation in critical watersheds, many rivers today run red and brown.