Big cats are a favorite subject of mine and the jaguar is no exception. They are the largest cat species in the Americas and the third-largest after the tiger and the lion. It’s preferred habitat is tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forest, swamps and wooded regions. The jaguar enjoys swimming and is largely a solitary, opportunistic, stalk-and-ambush predator at the top of the food chain. This cub is exploring the river banks with his mom. He becomes temporarily separated from her as something grabs his attention. I wanted to portray this tense moment. I enjoyed painting the various different elements and textures in his enviornment. The fur, rocks, ferns and running water inspired this composition.