Big Lion King


Original Acrylic on Canvas

30 x 40 x 1.75″

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This full figure lion is the first time I charcoal sketched using my hard hat. I am really pleased with the perspective and feeling of being in mid-step, This lion has a lot of texture and you can see the depth in the mane and body. I used many layers of glaze in many colors to create the dark and light fur. I used neutralized tones in the background to create distance. It is a very upbeat cheerful day in the sky, but there is a very somber look on his face. That seems very appropriate with all the danger to this species at this time. —Donald Ryker

Donald Ryker has been painting since his teens. He was inspired to begin painting when he discovered he could use a hard hat on his head to direct his brush. He has lived his life with cerebral palsy and was thrilled to find an outlet for his creativity and a way to communicate his love of life, and his message to people that anyone can accomplish things in life if they are creative and persistent; there is always a way to find the positive in life. Ryker's paintings reflect his joy in life, and his desire to connect. His artwork inspires others with his choice of color and ability to draw in his viewer.


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