The Duchess, my brother and me


The other day, I shared some of the artwork that I did for my mother.

As many of you know, my father worked for the Portland Zoo when I was a child and since they didn’t have a nursery, when mothers rejected their offspring, the zoo keepers would take the babies home.

Duchess was our first lion cub and this also happens to be the first oil painting I did. Although, I was about 5 – 6 in the photo I used for reference, I was 11-12 when I painted this.

Now, it’s a treasured piece that holds memories of both my parents, my initial foray into serious artwork, and my own childhood.

Doodlewash prompt: Lion