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Judy Larson - PAWS AND REFLECT -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Judy Larson

Original Retail Price $185.00

Limited Edition of: 3250
Image Size: 16"w x 20"h.
Published: November 2000

Limited quantities available

Click here to explore the hidden image keys in Judy Larson's fine art.

"Paws and Reflect" was inspired by two experiences — two very different experiences, but with one fundamental similarity.

Tia was a tamed mountain lion, old and a little too well nourished but definitely a beauty. She greeted her owner with soft, throaty noises and purrs and rubbed against his leg like a house cat.

In sharp contrast to Tia was a mountain lion I met at a rehabilitation center. She was obviously terrified of humans and cowered and hissed as people walked by her cage. Returning her to the wild was not an option since she had been declawed.

In "Paws and Reflect," the fallen feather represents an eagle free, free to drop a feather during fight or flight. Perhaps many eagles have soared above these rocks and found refuge there. The mountain lion, likewise, even in the wild, takes time to enjoy his freedom, to play and to wonder. "Paws and Reflect" celebrates that freedom.

Judy Larson
Look Closer... The time-consuming art of scratchboard is unparalleled in its detail, allowing Judy Larson’s seamless concealment of imagery within her subject. To view the extraordinary hidden images within Larson’s work, Click here. Judy Larson always knew she was going to be an artist. She was surrounded by them as a child, and was particularly inspired by her father, a professional illustrator. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Art from Pacific Union College in Northern California, Judy Larson then spent the next 17 years as a commercial artist, illustrator and art director. In 1988, influenced by her love of nature and animals, Judy devoted her time to wildlife art. Her primary focus in each of her paintings is the animal, with the horse and wolf as a recurring subject. Larson uses a clay-coated, Masonite backed art board called Claybord®. To produce an original drawing, she paints the subject solidly with black India ink to create a silhouette. Larson then scratches away the dried ink using hundreds of X-Acto® blades and the result is a magnificent, lifelike image. Once the subject has been totally scratched, it is a finished black and white illustration, ready for Larson to add color. Larson prefers a combination of airbrush, gouache or acrylics for adding rich layers of color, with frequent rescratching for detail. For Judy Larson, whose underlying message is always passionately ecological, her medium of scratchboard, as well as her "art of concealment™," allows her "to take the viewer with me." Explains Larson, "My desire is to engage viewers on three levels: first, by revealing the beauty of animals through intricate detail; second, by concealing a hidden image that draws the viewer to examine the painting more closely and through which I can tell a story; and third, by promoting a deeper awareness of the environment on a level that will hopefully have an impact." Larson is extremely passionate about her love of wildlife and supports a number of environmental endeavors. Two books have been published featuring her work: Hidden Spirits, Search-And-Find Scenes from the American West, a Random House children’s’ book, and The Spirit Within, a coffee table book. Larson is a member of the Society of Animal Artists. She lives and works in California. For more information, visit


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