I was inspired to do this piece based on the concept of animal totems. I have alway been attracted to large cats. I often illustrate tigers in my work, but I have never painted one so large! The tiger symbol is often associated with power, ferocity and sensuality. In this image the woman comfortably stands next to the royal beast.
The image to the right is the second stage of the painting. After I completed the sketch on the primed canvas (image below), I painted over the image with a raw umber. From there I used a soft cloth to carve out the figures and forms. The next step is to paint the entire image with a monochrome palette.