An Elephant Under Her Bed, 2014
oil on belgian linen
24 x 36 in
(60.96h x 91.44w cm)
Every child goes through a life stage when they are irrationally afraid of monsters. Even animals may have this experience. The title “An Elephant Under Her Bed” tells the story about why this tiger cub is afraid of an unidentified noise while her mother has remained calm. The cub is following its’ instincts to be fearful of something it cannot identify and the mother knows, it is only an elephant, something she has seen many times before. The painting also opens the door to an important and much larger conversation, as the elephant represents the real monster under her bed…large-scale habit loss and human-tiger conflict with a significant increase in poaching.
This painting was juried and selected into the 56th Annual Society of Animal Artists Museum tour for 2016-2017. SAA exhibitions have been displayed throughout the United States, with approximately 70% of hosting venues having been art museums or general museums that have included art as an integral dimension of their core mission. Over the years, the SAA’s work has been on display at more than 100 different institutions across the United States—and once in Canada in 1995 at the Old Algonquin Museum, Algonquin Park, Ontario.