41 x 41cm
Cross Hairs
16" x 16", acrylic, 1989

I got the idea for this painting while visiting a local zoo. I noticed this animal looking directly at me with such innocence that I started imagining how vulnerable it would be in the wild during hunting season. The hunter's cross hairs are aimed directly at its head while its mate is standing by. I deliberately aligned all the head parts to point towards the center giving the effect of a clock. Time is running out. Tick, tock, tick, tock, bang! You're dead!

When I exhibited this painting at an art gallery, both animal lovers and hunters hated it. Animal lovers hated it for obvious reasons and hunters disagreed with the positioning of the cross hairs. You see, hunters always aim at the body to keep the face and head intact. I never thought I would live to see the day when these two groups would
agree on anything. The art gallery pulled it off its wall after receiving several uncomplimentary comments about it. They were afraid of further offending their clientele. I thought to myself, "What a pathetic display by the gallery. Bunch of wusses." Come to think of it, I can't blame them. Half of the gallery was dedicated
to wildlife art. And to think that I was originally going to call this painting,
"... 4, 3, 2, 1, Bang! You're Dead." Seriously!