to Gallery of Paintings in Private Collections
BASKING BAJA CALIFORNIA
COLLARED LIZARD (2003)
9" x 12"
Baja California collared lizard (Crotaphytus insularis vestigium)
ranges from the San Bernardino Mountains of California, down
the eastern third of Baja California, about as far south as Loreto.
Since it appears not to hybridize with the Great Basin collared
lizard (C. i. bicinctores), some authorities consider
it a distinct species. In most paintings, detail is lost in the
shadows, and appears only in illuminated areas. Here, I reversed
that situation in order to strongly insinuate blazing sunlight.