Artist's Statement

I am passionately concerned about the degradation of our natural world, which is directly related to exponential increases in the human population in recent history.  Creatures from land and sea show populations in serious decline as human activity encroaches on their environments.

The great cats -tigers, cheetahs, leopards and lions- all are in critical decline. Three species of tiger have become extinct in the last sixty years (the Bali tiger in the 30s, the Caspian Tiger in the 70s and the Java Tiger in the 80s). The Amur Leopards have less than 40 individuals left on the planet. Cheetahs have lost 90% of their population in the last 100 years.

I paint them because they are beautiful and we are losing them. I want you to notice and to care.

Anne Pentland