Artist Statement: I try to incorporate endangered species into my art pieces whenever possible. This particular image of a mother African Leopard and her cub I found to be very eye-catching. The dynamic criss-cross of their bodies created a perfect way to draw the eye in and let it wander amidst the spots and soft fur. I’m a color enthusiast and adding the magenta azaleas into the background created a beautiful mix of pinks and golden fur. I needed to add another species that was facing habitat loss and decreasing populations so I chose the Blue Morpho butterfly that is suffering from over-collection due to its rare beauty. The iridescent blue sheen of the wings complimented the blue green color of the leopard’s eyes beautifully.