Yucca Frog

18” X 20” Acrylic on Canvas

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The Yucca Frog serves as a departure from realism to a more alternative painting style. Inspired by neo-traditional tattoos, the bold outlines and vibrant colors are used to generate a graphic interpretation of animals and nature.

The idea to paint a yucca plant was born on the grounds of The Belmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The sharp lines of the palms and stalks cast severe shadows and intriguing negative space against the flat plaster walls of the hotel. Like the brightly colored cactus, the poisonous dart frog was added to both compliment and contrast the foliage. The lethal amphibian matches the harsh native desert plant, creating an unexpected marriage of organisms.