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"Spotlight on the King"


oil on canvas


Spotlight on the King

  • Male lions have a regal beauty that is undeniable. I had waited a long time to see one in the wild and you can imagine my joy that this was my first encounter - on the way to the safari camp on the Maasai Mara, Kenya at dusk!

    This handsome lion was named "Caesar" by researchers on the Masai Mara in Kenya.  He was in his prime when I photographed him breaking cover as the setting sun hit his eye. I can see why lions are called the "King of Beasts".

    The male lions chief role is defending territory and females from other males.  Size is thus an advantage and the mane gives the appearance of greater size. Confrontations between rival males are often settled before fighting takes place with the smaller male perceiving his disadvantage and retreating before coming to blows. The mane also protects against the claws and teeth of an opponent should fighting occur.

    The framed original oil painting is AVAILABLE!

    Please inquire if you are interested in print options.

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