Like most of the world, I've been in love with pandas since I was small enough to be aware of them. My first magazine subscription was National Geographic, which I paid for with my own money and gained most of my knowledge of the outside world. I've only had one quick glance of a panda at the National Zoo in DC. The small window and huge crowds where disappointing and nothing like I long imagined my experience would be like. Since then, pandas live on only in nature documentaries and books for me, and I am content with the fact that I will probably never see one in my lifetime.
I made the painting "Disappearing Panda" many years ago after coming across an old book "The Last Panda" by George B. Schaller.
I had barely remembered owning the book and found a newspaper clip inside about Hsing-Hsing, a panda at the National Zoo. I found this clip just a couple months after visiting the National Zoo.
Chicago Sun-Times, April 17, 1997
Hsing-Hsing had been a wild panda before being gifted by China to the National Zoo. He died in 1999 at the age of 28, which at the time was the longest for a panda living in captivity.
The National Zoo Panda Facts
I've created a print on panel of "Disappearing Panda". Half of all print sales of will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund.
The World Wildlife Fund has been protecting nature for over 50 years. To learn more about them go here