Unlikely Encounter – Jaguar and Leopard

In the wild these two would never meet. Jaguars live in the jungles of Central America, and leopards live in the savannahs of Africa. But people get them confused when they see pictures of them. The most noticeable differences are that jaguars are large and stocky and their spots have inner spots, while leopards are smaller and their spots are empty. I’ve chosen to depict a male jaguar and a female leopard to accentuate their differences.

Scratchboard and Acrylic   19″x36″

$3500 framed





Monarch butterflies are endangered due to habitat loss and increased migration-route dangers – they fly thousands of miles to winter over in warm climates, but along the way they encounter predators, insecticide spraying, and must cross interstate highways where many are killed in flight. Let us hope that despite their dwindling numbers, this beautiful species can survive.

8″x10″ Acrylic on clayboard

$825 framed

Inspired by a photo by Hawk Henries, by permission


An Attitude of Altitude

36″ x 18″

The large signature is for online protection only . It does not appear on the original.

Framed original $2800

Print on stretched canvas $325

The Kordofan Giraffe is an endangered subspecies living in northern Cameroon, southern Chad, Central African Republic.

The Power Within

(Large Signature is only for protection online. It does not appear on the original.)

African Elephant  – sixe 36″x24″

Framed Original $2300

Printed on stretched canvas $375


Welcome to Art of the Wild, the wildlife art website of artist Laurie Riley.

Media: Laurie Riley works in acrylic and/or scratchboard, When using both media in one painting, she considers it mixed media, as some of the painted areas are opaque while others are traditional scratchboard with color added. This produces the ability to make the subject look as detailed and as real as possible without any limitations in either medium.

To purchase a painting, please contact Laurie at laurie.riley@live.com

Artist Bio:
Laurie Riley’s passion for wildlife is evident in her detailed, award-winning paintings. Much of her life has been spent immersed in the beauty of nature and wildlife observation.

Laurie was fortunate in her teen years to be tutored by a nature artist from the Wedgewood Company of England, and had her first one-person gallery show at the age of 16, in Morristown, New Jersey. She then received a scholarship to study art and music at Marlboro College, Vermont. As a young adult, Laurie explored graphic arts, illustration, and jewelry making, selling at East Coast and Colorado fine craft shops, galleries, and major art fairs for many years. Laurie began a professional career as a full-time touring harpist in 1985, and traveled extensively to perform in concerts over a span of 30 years. She began painting again after retiring from her music career.

Her paintings have been shown in galleries in the discerning art communities of Sedona, Tubac, and Jerome, Arizona; and in Seattle-area galleries and juried shows listed below. Her work was featured on the cover of the June 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Association. Most recently, her painting “Iguana” has won Best in Animals and Wildlife category in the 2019 online exhibition of the International Guild of Realism. The show is online from March 20 to May 20, 2019. See it at   http://www.realismguild.com/exhibitions/current.php

Laurie is a member of the International Guild of Realism and the International Society of Scratchboard Artists.

Laurie currently shows her work in juried shows, and in her home by appointment.

Artist Statement:

In the wild, animals are elusive, and often seen only briefly. To bring a true appreciation of their personalities to the viewer, every pose and expression must be real, without added sentimentality or idealism. I strive to give the viewer an awareness that every creature is sentient. It is my intention to inspire the viewer to support the preservation of wildlife and habitat, and the right of every wild-born animal to roam free.  Viewers, many of whom may not have the opportunity to see these animals in their natural habitats, have remarked to me that when they spend time with my paintings, they develop a deep relationship with them. I am grateful that my work inspires such meaningful experience.

Click on “About Laurie Riley” for a list of galleries and juried shows where Laurie’s work has been shown.