Dominion

Maree  Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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Ink and W&N watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
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“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”*
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See my SATURDAY CHAT on ‘Cats of Africa’
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Renowned for its majesty and nicknamed “the king of the jungle,” the lion (Panthera leo) possesses both beauty and strength. For me their eyes are their most striking feature and can speak volumes. Looking straight into the eyes of a lion is a deeply moving experience and when that happened to me during my one-and-only, EVER, visit to a zoo, I saw disdain, don’t-actually-care, boredom and a deep sorrow that will stay with me for life. To me, zoo’s are akin to pet shops. Some people might argue they serve a purpose, but that’s a discussion I’d rather not enter into.

Lions vary in colour but typically sport light yellow-brown coats. Mature male lions are unique among big cats due the thick brown or black manes that encircle their necks and protect them while fighting.

The lion, like the eagle, symbolizes dominance or dominion. It is important in heraldry and in fable is referred to as “king of beasts.” Its astrological sign is Leo, and has the sun for its planet. The basis of the association between the lion and the sun is the animal’s strength, its golden-brown colour, and the ray-like mane of the male. Similarly as the eagle, the lion is believed to be able to look straight into the sun without blinking.

The lion (Panthera leo) is one of the four big cats in the genus Panthera, and a member of the family Felidae. With some males exceeding 250 kg (550 lb) in weight, it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Wild lions currently exist in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia with an endangered remnant population in Gir Forest National Park in India, having disappeared from North Africa and South-west Asia in historic times. The Lion’s conservation status is THREATENED VU (Vulnerable)."


18th September 2011 – FEATURED in “Cats and Dogs”
11th September 2011 – FEATURED in “Art at it’s Best”
13th November 2011 – FEATURED in “We Sell Art!”
30th November 2011 – FEATURED in “Painted Nature & Object”
9th October 2012 – FEATURED in “Animals of Africa”
23rd October 2012 – Placed in the TOP 10 of hte challenge “Portrait study / Close-up Shot / Nabyskoot / Portretstudie: Wild animals of AFRICA / Wilde diere van AFRIKA” in ‘Afrikaans’
16th November 2012 – WINNER in the challenge “Dominate Male Lion” in ‘African Beauty’*
25th May 2013 – FEATURED in “Wild Cats in their Enviroment”
17th June 2013 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge “Avatar Challenge for June 2013” in ’African Art & Photography
17th June 2013 – FEATURED by Redbubble in “EXPLORE”

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