Chauvet Leopard


This is an interpretation of a small painting of a leopard found in Chauvet cave in France. The original was made with red ochre. This is the only known depiction of a Late Pleistocene Ice Age leopard, which became extinct in Europe some time around 24,000 years ago. Cave artists were very observant of the nature they painted. Unlike modern African and Asian leopards the Ice Age leopard seemed to have a white unspotted belly. I added a light layer of yellow ochre to the leopard’s body.

Airbrush, sgraffito and brush on Quartzite

This stone is overall a silvery pearl white with vivid gold ripples around the leopard.

8.5” x 15.5”



Airbrush, sgraffito and brush on French Vanilla sandstone

This stone has lovely subtle greys, ochres and cinnamon colors which complement the leopard.

Size approx. 14” x 8.5”

Chauvet Leopard


Airbrush, sgraffito and brush on Ancient Shoreline sandstone

This stone is an actual impression of water ripples from long ago.

Size approx. 13.5” x 6.5”

Chauvet Leopard


Airbrush, sgraffito and brush on French Vanilla sandstone

This stone is dark gold and cream. I picture the top of the stone being a range of mountains behind the leopard.

Size approx. 13.75” x 5.5”

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Chauvet Leopard

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