This is my linocut portrait of a harried mama giant panda and two unruly cubs. They are magnificent, if funny, creatures, whose expressions make them easy to personify. They remind me of people I know. This print is made in black block printing ink, on white Japanese kozo (or mulberry) paper, 10.5 inches by 12.5 inches (27 cm by cm by 31.8 cm), in an edition of six.
These beautiful bears are endangered due to deforestation. Through conservation efforts, the wild giant panda population in central China, mainly in Sichuan province, but also in the Shaanxi and Gansu provinces, is believed to be growing. This is despite habitat loss and a low birthrate (which also hampers zoos from breading many more). Panda sanctuaries thus have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage lists.