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The Best Place For An Animal Trophy Is In Art

The Best Place For An Animal Trophy Is In Art

Wildlife and nature painter Cathy Johnson

The best way to honorably hang the head of an animal on your wall is in a fabulous work of art!  The stunning black and white zebra above is a charcoal rendition by Cathy Johnson.  I've seen this one in person. It's absolutely gorgeous in every detail from the thin hairs of the whiskers to the finely mane hairs on its head.  I love how she captures the illusion of light that spotlights one side of the head, even to the glint of light in the eye.  The work is dark, moody--and elegant.  

Such art works make dramatic statements in the contemporary decors of apartments.  Here's one of my favorites:  athyC

 Apartment Therapy for   Calvin's Naturally Stylish DC Home     

Apartment Therapy for Calvin's Naturally Stylish DC Home   

Found on Pinterest, this is a magnificent image of a jaguar.   (I see a painting here for Cathy.)   "The last female jaguar in the United States was shot and killed in Arizona in 1963."  In a Huffington Post 2014 article, Finally Some Hope for America's Rare Jaguars, it reports a come back for jaguars due to the setting aside of protected areas:

Jaguars once roamed vast swaths of the American Southwest and parts of Texas and Louisiana.

But, like nearly all big predators, they had a hard time surviving the onslaught of humanity. As settlement moved west, forests were cleared and wetlands were drained and jaguars lost some of their most important habitat. Still more were killed out of fear for livestock.

The last female jaguar in the United States was shot and killed in Arizona in 1963. For a long time, it was thought they might never return.

But jaguars are persistent survivors, especially if we give them a chance.

That’s why it was so important this month that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protected nearly 1,200 square miles as “critical habitat” for jaguars in New Mexico and Arizona. This step, which comes nearly 17 years after jaguars were protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, should be a pivotal point for returning jaguars to the American landscape.
— Noah Greenwald for Huffington Post

The elephant wall mural below must certainly be a blow up of a photo.  It's gorgeous and beautifully adds drama to the whole decor, capturing the grand elegance of this family of elephants with their ears flared and growing tusks.  Note how its color contrasts with the white in the room and its size gives a visual balance to the large sectional sofa.  See a close up of it in the next image.

Wildlife painter, Guy Coheleach has received many pretentious awards and recognition for his realistic paintings in wildlife.  And he has experienced life threatening events to capture subjects to paint, as noted in Smashing Showcase: 

Guy Coheleach is an American wildlife artist. We have picked some Realistic Wildlife Paintings from his portfolio. He has been chased by elephants and has tracked eagles, lions and Cheetahs all over the world. Coheleach is an adventurer who loves to paint portraits in addition to his wildlife artwork.
— Smashing Showcase
   Smashing Showcase   for Painter Guy Coheleach

Smashing Showcase for Painter Guy Coheleach

   Smashing Showcase   for wildlife painter Guy Coheleach

Smashing Showcase for wildlife painter Guy Coheleach

No special room must be preserved to mount images of these extraordinary creatures!  An entryway, a living room, a bedroom and even a kitchen wall can be dramatized.  

   Collin Bogle.com    wildlife images

Collin Bogle.com  wildlife images

For centuries wild and domesticated horses have been the subject of artists whose works were adorned from caves to homes:

 Clilpzine for   David Stoecklein     

Clilpzine for David Stoecklein   

One of the most significant contribution that art makes is to capture the grandness of these animals.  And they don't have to be destroyed just for the egotistical and sadistic pleasure of a few.  Am I referring to the atrocity of the murder of Cecil The Lion in Zimbabwe.  Indeed, Yes!  

But most important I want to emphasis that artists give all of us so much more when they paint or photograph God's magnificent creatures. Their work records for humanity, generations to come and the passage of time the blessings of God.  Are many of these animals dangerous to humans?  Yes!  They pose a danger when in search for food or when they want to protect their families or themselves.  But humans who willy nilly destroy and take the lives of other humans and animals just for sport are more dangerous not only to the animals but to humanity, the balance of nature and thus the planet.  

Here are a just a couple more of Cathy's work that dramatically pose animals in motion: 

Pelican Glide by Cathy Johnson

Click on the images to enlarge.


In my dining nook, I have two prints of Siamese cats.  They always make me smile with their "peeking" poses.   And I'm thankful for the artist who created the prints.  Artists often paint an original which of course will cost more.  And most artists offer giclee copies for those of who have smaller budgets but who still have an appreciation of their work.   I'll never understand the attempt or need to prove oneself by killing another species just for sport.

Interested in learning more about incorporating art into your apartment decor.  Here are some further readings:  


I hope you share my sentiments and 

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