by Rae Marie
Pastels on Suede Mat Board
I found Yoshi in a pet shop while gathering photos of animals for a mural. He stretched out to 4’ while he languished in his terrarium. A week prior to meeting him, he had hip surgery and was making great progress in his recovery. Seemingly bored in his grounded position, the owner propped him up on his log. Yoshi seemed to be grateful for the new position, and postured himself as the King, once again. It was the photo opportunity I was looking for and a great subject for a painting.
The original painting was created using pastels on a suede mat board.