It is morning in Mid-Cretaceous South America, and along the misty banks of a vast river delta scores of Carnotaurus gather. A wall of boisterous and flamboyant males lines the far shore, where they vie with each other for opportune display space. Though solitary by nature, they have stood together along the riverbank since the previous night. Their display patterns are flushed red in anticipation of breeding, and as a mottled female approaches, they begin to dance.
They rear up to stand as tall as possible, and lower their heads to present an evocative view of their impressive horns. While singing a song of deep rumbles and resonating cries, they inflate their chests and flap their feathered arms in a rhythmic and intoxicating way.
The female closes in to inspect her suitors with greater scrutiny just as bold young bull rushes out of the crowd to meet her. His powerful strides send a spray of brackish water into the air, and he bobs his head invitingly. Should she choose to accept his invitation, the dance will truly have begun.
14” x 24” 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.