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Mountain Bobcat


Original Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 24 x 1.75″

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I had a cat and she climbed effortlessly. I like watching her flexibility and strength. This image shows the long curvy spine and relaxed easy sitting all cats have.

This bobcat is looking out over the valley. The challenge was to show him clearly in the foreground and to paint the granite cliffs in the distance.

I chose tints of saturated blue to reflect how peacefully he is resting. Purple and blue glaze enhanced shadows, and a very pale blue tint shows the highlight where the sun is landing on him. The granite rocks near the bobcat were done in purples and blues with orange and red sponging, and purple and blue glaze for texture, shadow and highlight. I neutralized the distant canyon wall by adding some yellow and green then brushing and sponging many layers of glaze. —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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