This painting is one in a series of paintings of my self portrait personalities, and is called "The Protector". 

I took this picture while out in the wild...just kidding πŸ˜€.... The original reference photo I took while visiting our local Cabelas. The stuffed cougar was positioned to fight a bear. What I saw is a protector.

This painting is part of my series of my personalities:  I don’t get angry often, but when I do I am fierce, controlled and focused - which is exactly what I saw in the cougar.

This painting for me generates really strong emotions of anger, protection and fierceness - even now when I look at it.  When I started painting "Protector", I started it at night after a long day when I was angry...well, super angry, because of some things that were going on in my life that I couldn't control; husband's deployment, people ticking me off when I had to explain logic, a fellow artist trying to backstab (yes, that shit happens even for artists 😎)...everyone was pissing me off, I felt defensive, angry and ready to fight.  You know what I mean?

What this painting reminds me of, is not only can I be fierce, I can be as calm as a cat as well; but rub me wrong and the claws come out. πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΊπŸ―🦁

I hope you like the painting!  

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