Moonlit Fox

Moonlit Fox – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Here is a new painting I’ve done for my niece’s boyfriend.  When my sister was visiting a few weeks ago, she thought it would be fun to give him my fox print for his recent birthday.  He had just gotten a striking fox tattoo on his forearm.   The only fox painting I had was a companion piece to the baby bunny I’d done for my other niece’s baby which we didn’t think would work for him.

She commissioned me to do a new painting that would be better suited,  Moonlit Fox is the result.  I’m hoping he will like it.  He and my niece have a lot in common.  They share a great love for animals and both are intelligent, hard workers and they look cute together!  Interestingly to me, each of them has always felt an affinity for the fox.  Her boy friend has always felt a kinship with the fox.  He has light red hair while she has strawberry blonde hair and both have a sleek fox look.  My niece’s favorite Disney film was The Fox and the Hound; she watched it over and over.

The Native Americans saw the fox is a helper for solving problems for those with good intentions and a trickster for those who were too prideful.  The fox symbolizes cunning, being perceptive and adaptable.   The red color of the fox adds a solar element of fun and creativity.  This sounds about right for these two!

The Jaguar

The Jaguar – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

The Jaguar is a new painting for my rainforest series.  Jaguars are the largest cats native to the Americas and third largest cats in the world behind lions and tigers. The jaguar once roamed from Argentina all the way up to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Today, jaguars have been almost completely eliminated from the United States.  This endangered cat hangs on in remote regions of Central America and South America.  My niece spent time in Costa Rica on a college research trip and was fortunate to see a black jaguar in the dead of night.

Jaguar is a Native American word meaning, “he who kills with one blow.”  In  pre-Columbian America the jaguar was seen as a god in Peru, Mexico, and Guatemala.  The Mayans saw him as the god of the underworld.

The idea for this painting came to me a couple weeks ago.  My daughter is spending a semester abroad in Prague, and has taken advantage of her free time traveling to many exciting places,  She’s been to Paris, Rome, Naples and now, Vienna and is having a great time on her adventures.   We are excited for her because she’s broadening her horizons by learning about and experiencing other cultures.  It’s brought back to mind wonderful memories of my travels.   One of those memories was a trip with my husband down to the Oaxaca, Mexico region.  In a small arts village, I  bought him a bright hand painted and carved, wooden jaguar that he keeps in his office for good luck.  This jaguar painting is also for my husband and a reminder of our happy memories of Mexico.