|Wildcat is an unpublished piece, but it has proven to be a favorite with
fans since it was first shown at the Dragon*Con Art Show in Atlanta in 1997.
painting was chosen for inclusion in Spectrum 5: the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
(Underwood Books, 1998).
Wildcat (oil on canvas, 20" x 30") began as a study of a girl with a spear.
But I wasn't pleased with it because the figure was too vertical .As I added
more diagonal lean to the girl it was obvious that the spear wasn't working, so I
made it a vine (so she could pull against it). The design needed opposing weight on
her right, so I added a wolf which eventually morphed into a primordial cat/tiger thing.
And I thought , "Oh no! Another girl and cat." I've seen dozens of
girl and cat paintings from the pulp era through the sixties and beyond. But I
decided to show it anyway and found much to my surprise not only did guys like it - women
liked it as well. It was a painting that was just fun to do.
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