We have been making studies of this adolescent lion for many years. We first met Mattata in Namibia at the Africat foundation in 1997. He had been orphaned and taken into their care. Our first interaction was shared whilst painting his portrait as he rested patiently just feet in front of us. Mattata was a most tolerant lion.
The next year we visited him once more. He had developed into a king. His spirit has stayed with us.
Aquarelle on acid free paper