I’ve thought on this mountain lion for a long time. A few years at least.
The first time this cougar appeared in my imagination it was just the face and head, peeking through the dark over a small flame, about the size of a candle’s. I’d be out hiking around, and suddenly that image would show up in my minds eye.
Time would pass, and suddenly WHOOSH, I’d be imagining this cougar again. Each time it'd show up, it seemed closer and the flames had gotten higher. Sometimes the lion in my mind would be so vivid I’d creep myself right out, wandering around through the hills, often at dusk or after dark.
Not too long ago the mountain lion appeared like it does in this here new artwork.. crouching forward through red, full of power and confidence, flames swirling everywhere, crescent moon crown. Had to see it for real! And here ya go, now you can too!
You can check out a YouTube time-lapse video of my artwork's development and creation directly above.