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This painting titled "Cougar On A Mountain Ledge" is based on a 1987 photo print titled “Have A great Day”. The photographer is identified as “Stephen Krashman/DRK Photo”. The print is dated 1987 and identified as #32 from Advanced Graphics. There is no more information provided. I’ve unsuccessfully searched the Internet to get additional information about Stephen Krashman. I’ve also contacted Advanced Graphics for information about the print, but they’ve not responded.

I stumbled upon the print while shifting through old sketch pads salvaged years ago from clearing a deceased relatives house. The beauty of the cat as it looked down from a snow-covered mountain ledge inspired me to paint my version of the scene.

According to Animal Facts Encyclopedia,  a cougar can be identified by its large size, cat-like appearance. They are uniformly gray to reddish-tan body color. They are known by many different names including mountain lion, puma, catamount and panther based on the region where they live.

Regardless of the name you may choose to identify them by, it is hard for me to believe anyone would disagree on the beauty and athleticism of this animal. The cougar’s skeleton is lightweight, and the body is extremely well muscled. The paws are very large, and the hind legs are longer than the fronts, allowing the cougar to coil up and pounce on prey with devastating accuracy. 

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Exhibit Information

The above painting “Cougar On A Mountain Ledge” will be displayed by the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center as part of their “Call of the Wild” Juried Exhibit that opens on line starting May 1, 2021 and runs until May 31, 2021. Please visit to view the exhibit. Information leading to the show will be on their home page. 

I want to thank the Southern California Open Regional Exhibits and the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center for selecting Cougar On A Mountain Ledge for to be part of this exhibit.

It is with great gratitude that I can announce the inclusion of my painting shown below titled “Momma Fox and her Kit” has been selected to be part of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County Arts Council of Anne Arundel County ( exhibit titled “Hoof, Paw, and Claw” to be held at BWI Airport starting March 19, 2021. The exhibit will be taken down July 12, 2021. The exhibit will be held between concourses C & D in departures.

I hope you can take some time to stop by the exhibit. The artists that participate in exhibits sponsored by the Arts Council are very talented and their works are definitely worth seeing. I am honored and humbled to have one of my paintings included in this exhibit.


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