“I am particularly fond of Cheetahs as they are the oldest of the cat family on earth. As early as 3,000 BC they were caught, tamed, and kept by humans. The early Egyptians considered them as one of their gods and they became a symbol of royalty. Hence, the name of this drawing is called, The Royal Cheetah.” – Michael Parkes
The Marcus Ashley Gallery is an outstanding establishment that displays Michael Parkes art and the works of some of the greatest artists from around the world. It is why visitors from far and near flock to this prestigious location in Lake Tahoe to view and buy art.
The artist shares his deep fondness for the fierce, agile cheetah that takes form in several collections. In Royal Cheetah, Parkes uses the rondo (popularly referred to as tondo, derived from the Italian word Rotondo) style of painting, placing the royal maiden in a circle. He follows this style to create a timeless, stable, and calming composition.
Parkes captures the power and significance of the cheetah, drawing inspiration from its distinct temperament. He believes that one should emulate the qualities of a cheetah by learning to live calmly and spring to action with speed and focus when a situation calls for it.