Tigers Today on Global Tiger Day
The Tiger (Panthera tigris) is our world’s largest cat and is also the cat most threatened with extinction. Just 100 years ago, there were as many as 100,000 wild tigers living in Asia but today fewer than 3,200 remain.
We have already lost three of the subspecies to extinction in the last 80 years; the Javan, last recorded in the 1970’s, the Caspian, lost in the 1950’s and the Bali lost in the 1930’s. Of the six remaining, the South China subspecies is thought to be extinct in the wild. There have been no signs of this tigers in the wild over the last 10 years. The Bengal, Indochinese, Sumatran, Siberian and Malayan are the only remaining wild tigers and are fighting to survive in just 7% of their historic range. Tigers only live in 13 Asian countries now having gone extinct in 11 countries already.
I am Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger and the artist. When I unveiled by first painting, A Cat Artist’s Interpretation of an Amur Tiger, created on my iPad using Paint for Cats, I was overwhelmed by the compliments and offers to purchase my work. I appreciated your kind words and worked hard to create more works of art to show you. My first art exhibit’s success motivated me to keep painting and sharing my interpretation of the world around us.
Creating art requires patience, planning, observational skills, bursts of inspiration and lots of thinking. These are all cat characteristics aren’t they? I took my time in selecting just the right color combinations to convey my interpretation of what inspired me and then unleashed my creative energy to get the paint on the canvas.
I hope you enjoy my paintings. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to ask and share. Thank you for visiting.