In the hot afternoon breeze of a Late Permian scrubland, fields of hardy lycopods rustle against one another. The rustling grows louder, and In a sudden burst of motion a pair of tiny Diictodons emerge from the undergrowth.
These energetic animals are each about a foot and a half long, and they waste no time examining every object in their immediate vicinity. With highly efficient metabolisms and an array of whiskers, scent glands, and other sensory apparatuses, these little therapsids explore the world with gusto. As a mated pair, these two explore together.
In the morning, they left their characteristic spiral shaped burrow to forage for roots and tubers among the lycopods, but now the day's heat begins to wear on them, and they are making their way back home. There are plenty of interesting plants, stones, and beetles to examine on their way though, and they periodically stop to scan the horizon for unwelcome visitors. Massive gorgonopsids and other predators patrol these scrublands, and while there is so much to look at on the ground, it never hurts to set one's sights a bit higher.
11" x 14" oil on hardboard, 2016
Jordan Walker is a fine artist and illustrator currently living in western Oregon, and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.
He has spent his life roaming through deep woods and rugged coastlines exploring the wonders of the natural world. His life-long fascinations with natural history and ancient civilizations, as well as worlds of fantasy and science fiction have lead him to create work of his own that explores strange new worlds, as well as the one that we know.
His work has been shown in national galleries, and many of his paintings are ...
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.