On her first trip to New York City, my daughter Whitney fell in love with a painting of a pink rhino being sold on the street. She always regretted not buying it. So there was my motivation. . .
I painted a rhino, not pink but blue. In fact, the blue of William, the hippopotamus mascot of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Both are endangered. . but I felt the rhinos are especiallly targeted because of their horns. They are not magical; they are made out of fingernail material. . .but the superstitution is out there that the horn can cure almost everything.
P.S. Sweet Pea was in the Three Chicks Exhibition at ASU Gammage. A mother in Colorado Springs saw a video of the show. Her little boy, Max, loves rhinoceros. In fact, his favorite toy was a stuffed rhinoceros his grandmother bought him before he was born.
His mother asked me to paint “Nino” for her Max.
And Max loves his painting!