Friday, December 30, 2016

Snow Cat

"Snow Cat" 14" x 21"oil on canvas. Copy right K. Widger 2016
He's an Amur Tiger, cousin to the Siberians, and he lives way up North in the coldest latitudes.  Even more endangered than the Siberian, his numbers dwindle as he is poached for his bones, organs and beautiful pelt.  Still, he holds on to his rightful place on this Earth as best he can, unaware that these next few decades may see the end to his race of beings due to the greed and ignorance of man, far more so than loss of habitat.  He's got plenty of room to live his life, but he's no match for the horrible devices man devises to track and kill him.  When will we ever learn....when will we ever learn?

Friday, December 9, 2016

Predator Dreams

Predator Dreams 14" x11" oil on board Katy Widger 2016
Just finished this one, so the picture is "shiny" from the wet paint reflections.
The ABQ Bio Park has two cougars, and WildLife West, here in Edgewood, has two young sisters.  Their mother was trapped and killed and the young sisters captured and brought to WLW to live out their lives. Observing cougars in captivity bears no resemblance to getting a glimpse of them in the wild, but it's the best option I have. They are top tier predators, and take mostly elk and deer in northern New Mexico, and big horn sheep in southern NM.  They are very rarely observed and rarely take domestic livestock because their native prey is plentiful.


 New Mexico is one of very few states that allows, even encourages, the trapping of animals for sport.  It is shameful and horrific.  Cougars, foxes and bobcat are the specific targets, and coyotes have long been hunted, trapped, poisoned and shot in coyote-killing contests in this backward state.  I have hope that the congress of the US will outlaw trapping very soon.  NM sure isn't going to.

Little Gems

Jaguar 5" x 5" oil on board
Female Cougar 5" x 5" oil on board
ABQ Swan 5" x 5" oil on board
Inverness Cow Lick 5" x 5" Oil on board
Placitas Old Grey Mare 5" x 5" Oil on board
Gordon's Raven 5" x 5" oil on board

Little mini paintings I completed recently, in hopes of entering them into the Masterworks Miniature show coming up early next year.  Each is 5" x 5" oil on board.  Available now, in December only. for $85 each, unframed.