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12 × 12 inches
Mixed media and collage on wood panel
Mixed media includes: graphite, colored pencils, oil pastels, acrylic, ink, tea.
View more of my artwork online at www.lynnetteshelley.com

For my latest artwork, I decided to try making a really fascinating extinct animal, the Thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian Tiger or the Tasmanian Wolf. Although there are some unverified reports of recent day sightings, the last known thylacine died in a Tazmanian zoo in 1936 (The last known wild Thylacine to be killed was shot in 1930).The thylacine was native to continental Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea and was the largest marsupial carnivore.

According to ARKive.org
Although similar in appearance in some respects to a canine, “the thylacine was extremely distinctive, and the canine appearance was offset by the tapered hindquaters, relatively short legs and broad-based tail, which cannot be wagged from side-to-side. The short, coarse fur was a dirty yellow-brown with 13 to 19 transverse brown stripes running from the upper back to the base of the tail; animals from highland areas had a richer cinnamon-brown coat. There were lighter patches of fur (4) surrounding the eyes and near the erect, rounded ears. The belly was cream coloured, females carried a backwards-opening pouch, and males possessed a pseudo pouch in the form of a fold of skin that protected the testes when moving quickly through low bushland. The thylacine was renowned for its ability to open its jaw remarkably wide; whilst it is highly unlikely that this yawn was as wide as is sometimes quoted (180°), the gape was still the widest of any mammal, and is surpassed only by that of the snake. This species is a classic example of ‘convergent evolution’; it is a marsupial mammal that closely resembles the placental canids, especially the wolf from which one of its common names is derived, due to the similarities in their way of life.”

Here is a video of the last thylacine , (who, according to reports, is believed to have died as the result of neglect — locked out of its sheltered sleeping quarters, it was exposed to a rare occurrence of extreme Tasmanian weather: extreme heat during the day and freezing temperatures at night. [see Wikipedia entry] ).

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Having a great love animals, fairytales, and world mythology, Pennsylvania artist Lynnette Shelley fuses these influences into her strikingly unique illustrations. Her artwork strikes a primal chord in many viewers, with almost Jungian associations to the colors and shapes. Her artworks have been likened to images from an undiscovered ancient civilization or culture.

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  • canonman99
    canonman99over 2 years ago

    really interesting and your work

  • twistwashere
    twistwashereover 2 years ago

    a most beautiful … . capture

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 2 years ago

    WELL DONE liZ

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 2 years ago

    Awesome work of art. Beautifully done. I never knew these were considered a marsupial animal. :o)

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaover 2 years ago

    Gotta love our Aussie animals. I would love to think that they are still out there somewhere.

  • ingridthecrafty
    ingridthecraftyover 2 years ago

    Lovely!

  • Veronica Schultz
    Veronica Schultzover 2 years ago

    Wonderful work! Although, based on the photos and eyewitness accounts, I very much don’t believe they are extinct, even if the “official” organizations refuse to acknowledge them. :)

  • JELProductions
    JELProductionsover 2 years ago

    I always like what you do. Very creative you are.

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroeover 2 years ago

    fabulous:)

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 2 years ago

    03-06-12
    CONGRATULATIONS

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