Tarjan Gallery ~ Fine Art of Janet Tarjan Erl | Portfolio | Mammals Art
Mammal & Other Animals (non Bird) Art

All Images and Content © 1980 - Present (2017) Copyright Janet Tarjan Erl

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Basking Cougar
© 2014, Watercolor,
10"h x 17"w
$795.00
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Tarjan Studio
Harbor Hunks
Harbor Hunks
© 2012, Watercolor,
16.75"h X 18.75"w
$1,800.00
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Foxy Hunter
Foxy Hunter
© 2014, Watercolor,
10"h X 14"w
$650.00
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Mellow Summer Elk
Mellow Summer Elk
© 2015, Watercolor,
5.25”h x 5.25”w
$135.00
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Distant Thunder
©1997, Watercolor,
20"h X 13"w
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Charles Spinetta Gallery
Kitten's Retreat
Kitten's Retreat
© 2001 Oil,
34"h X 48"w
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Alpine Glow
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Diners Open
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Beauty and Power
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Bobcat Naptime
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Brother Elk
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The Challenger
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Concealed Among The Stones
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Contented Companioins
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Cougar Repose
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Coyote Stud
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Cruisin' for Flies
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Dark Storm and Buck
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Dauntless and Dignified
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Dignified and Free
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Distant Gaze
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Dog's Life
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Do Not Disturb
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Dreamweaver
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Elk's Wilderness Retreat
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Walk in Fields of Gold
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Summer's Bright And Fragile Glow
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Frozen Marsh of Winter
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Gental Waters Soothe My Soul
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Gental Wisdom
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A Gentle Moment
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Grassland Wanderers
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Hush of Winter
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Illuminated Winter
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Desert Bighorns
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Make No Haste
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Mask of Innocense
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Mean and Clean
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Mule Deer In Aspen
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Oh My a Fly!
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Retreeat form the Heat
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River and Bear
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Seasons of Gray and Gold
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Seak the Warmth
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Send Me Into Sleep
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Shasta Trophy
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Silently Waiting
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Song Dogs
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Spirited Wolf
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Spring Fever
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Sugar Babies
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Sugar n Spice
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Sunshine Contentment
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Tinder Kisses
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Throne of the Jaguar
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Vigor and Grace
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I Walk Alone
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The Wanderer
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White Wolf Study
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Winter Radiance
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Wolf Encounter
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Where Wolves Run Free
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Woodlands Edge - Mule Deer
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Summer Buck
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Woodland Deer
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Rocky Point Meadow Elk
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Contented Wolf
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Swallowtail and Lilac
Swallowtail and Lilac
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Basking in Bandon
Basking in Bandon
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Spirited Summer Buck
Spirited Summer Buck
© 2015, Watercolor,
7.5"h x7.5"w
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I’ve spent most of my adult life living in rural settings so that I could walk right out my backdoor and explore the back country.  I’m an avid explorer, and I explore everyday except when I’m sick or injured.  That’s a lot of exploring, and I’ve been doing it since I was twelve years old. Between hiking, biking, skiing, sailing, and kayaking I estimate that I’ve explored over 100, 000 miles of human powered travel, and most of it has been in rural or back country places.  That means I see a lot of wildlife in a variety of situations and places.  Sometimes I just get fleeting glimpses.  Other times, if I remain concealed or if I paint on location, I can watch wildlife for long stretches. 

Because I have lived in rural settings I have been able to observe animals' natural behaviors.  I’ve been amazed to learn that wildlife don’t always behave as we think they will. I've watched dominate female deer abuse other deer and their fawns. I saw a coyote gobble up a whole nest of goslings. I observed a watermelon being devored by yellowjackets in less than two days. While I was riding my bike on a mountain road, I came within a fifty feet of a cougar crossing the road. I had a kestrel swipe my arm as it pursued a gold finch who used me as cover as it tried escaping the kestrel. The list goes on.

I frequently photograph wildlife, and these photos are the resources I paint from.  If you ever wondered how I could paint animals in such detail, it’s because I have photos to see all those intricate details.  I rarely photograph an animal in the setting it is painted in, so I take a lot of artistic license by merging the wildlife and settings together so that the paintings seem believable.  Often times this means changing the lighting or posture on an animal. Though I photograph a lot of wildlife in nature, I also gladly photograph captive wildlife especially, cougars and wolves, since they are so elusive.

I hope you enjoy the wildlife art.

All Images and Content © 1980 - Present (2017) Copyright Janet Tarjan Erl