8" by 10" acrylic painting on archival Belgian Linen done as a commissioned work.
White burros have a happy and mischievous look in their eyes, typical of this rugged and intelligent animal.
The donkey is a domesticated member of the Equidae or horse family. The wild ancestor of the donkey is the African Wild Ass, E. africanus. In the western United States, a small donkey is sometimes called a burro,( from the Spanish word for the animal.)
They were first domesticated around 3000 BC, approximately the same time as the horse, and have spread around the world.
Donkeys have a notorious reputation for stubbornness, but this has been attributed to a much stronger sense of “self preservation” than exhibitied by horses. Likely based on a stronger prey instinct and a weaker connection with man, it is considerably more difficult to force or frighten a donkey into doing something it perceives to be dangerous for whatever reason.
Although formal studies of their behaviour and cognition are rather limited, donkeys appear to be quite intelligent, cautious, friendly, playful, and eager to learn. They are often pastured or stabled with horses and ponies, and are thought to have a calming effect on nervous horses.