Artwork / Crime Against Nature / Bald and Beautiful (Elk)

painting of male elk without antlers
Gwenn Seemel
Bald and Beautiful (Elk)
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches


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It’s probably obvious, but I must say I had a lovely time painting the sky in this image, much like in this painting when I first portrayed the many greys of a rainy sky. For more about the making of this painting, go here. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image.

Animals can come in three genders, girls and two different kinds of boys.

Most male elk grow antlers, but some do not and, in that way, those males outwardly resemble females. They may be in better physical condition than males who have antlers, and they mate successfully.

wildlife painting by Gwenn Seemel
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