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The Zookeepers (Portrait Les and Leann Whitt) 2005

This is a portrait of Les and Leann Whitt. Les is the director of the Alexandria Zoo, an extraordinary little zoo for a small community. The Whitts have worked tireless for decades to make the zoo a mecca for local and tourists alike. Despite handsome job offers elsewhere, Les has remained loyal to this community, in part because it is here he received his heart transplant.


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Rusty Woodward-Gladdish 05 Jan 2006

Hello David! Yes, It's almost as though Les is putting his heart (and soul) into his job!! I like the winking owl that seems to know something that we don't and the way the little Koala bear is clinging to his friend, Les. In its way this is an extraordinary portrait in that the animals and the people seem united both cosmically and spiritually. The picture has an intensity like all your work and holds us in its vice like grip so that we want to keep looking, afraid that we'll miss something. Brilliant artwork!

tim linville 30 Dec 2005

Nice tribute work!The colors are always so rich,and genuine!

thea walstra 28 Dec 2005

Love her portrait and the whole arrangement David

Emily Reed 28 Dec 2005

A wonderful portrait! I love how they are nestled in with the animals.

Joke Schotting 28 Dec 2005

Great and beautiful work,David!!