Minding my business


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    • Oil on Canvas, 9" x 12"

I came across this little creature coming out of a local restaurant in the US Virgin Islands and couldn’t help but to take a photograph of it with my phone camera. From the little research I’ve done on lizards, I think it’s a juvenile female Puerto Rican Crested Anole (Anolis cristatellus cristatellus). I’m not quite sure if I was compelled to paint it because of the scientist in me or because of nostalgia. Seeing lizards always remind me of my childhood in Nigeria, where the garden in the house I grew up in was full of visiting lizards, and even on the odd occasion Iguanas. The one thing I like about Lizards is that they are innocuous little creatures. They just mind their business and do their own thing, a little bit like this painting really.