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Yet another painting of Simba the African Lion.  He is without a doubt a most cooperative model. All cats are easy...they prefer to sit and gaze or sleep most of the day.
 
I was drawn to him by his sound across the valley. Out in the yard early one morning all of the dogs stopped cold when they heard his roar. We all knew it was something large and our instincts told us that something was different that morning. After a few moments we all looked at one another and thought...no, this must be our imagination. There is no lion or big carnivore around here! We continued on with our morning wanderings through the wood figuring it was a fluke, a false alarm. Then we heard it again. This time there was no question about it. It was something quite large and announcing that he was there, in our world.  The dogs actually herded me in toward the house away from the sound.  After doing some checking I discovered that Simba's mate Nala was in heat and he was telling everyone in hearing distance to stay away from her. I set about wanting to meet him that day, and did. He was living right up the road in a Nature Preserve.  I haven't stopped painting and sketching since our first meeting. Thanks Larry and Don, for all your exposure to your furry friends! 

"Simba Love", 24" X 30".Oil on Canvas, by Sherrie Hill-Rosche  2013 All Rights Reserved Foreign and Domestic


An early sketch in color of Simba and Raj (Bengal Tiger). 2013

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