I left my heart in Pikermi

I LEFT MY HEART IN PIKERMI – “Honorable mention” at X CIID 2022, LourinhΓ£.

You can’t help falling in love with what you’re studying.
This was the feeling that I wanted to give this painting.
The title came naturally.

Passion, and dedication, are two feelings that both paleontologists and paleoartists know very well.
We both spend plenty of time studying a certain species, or an environment, or a period of time that we create a unique and special bound to the subject of our studies.

While working on this painting, I felt something like that for extinct felids and for the Miocene. The more I studied these subjects, the more I was forging a connection to them, leaving a “piece of my heart” in faded places that only my mind of paleoartist could reach, seeing wonderful creatures that now belong to deep time.

Working on this painting have been like a walk in the park, colors, shapes, atmospheres, all flown out of my pen naturally, as I’ve been preparing for this task all these years.

I am so happy and grateful to have received an award at the @museulourinha Paleoart contest, carrying on the long-running tradition and profession of artists that depict the story of the life on earth.

Now part of the work is done, let’s see what other wonders this painting has in store. 😊

Congratulations to all the winning artists of this edition of fhe contest and also to all the other artists that took part with their work, passion and dedication.
Keep going on. πŸ’ͺπŸ¦–πŸ―

Year: 2022

Client: Simone Zoccante / Diorama Nature

Software: Adobe Photoshop

Dimension (for Print): 500 x 260 cm @ 300 dpi

Dimension (in Pixel): 59055 x 30709 px

If you’re interested in commissioning me a similar painting or to buy the licensing rights of this artwork, feel free to contact me at simonezoccante@gmail.com. Thank you.

All images Β© Simone Zoccante 2018-2023. Please do not reproduce without the expressed written consent of Simone Zoccante.
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