Jungle Eyes: The Fine Art of Carol Cavalaris on T-Shirts Available Through Allposters and Amazon

by DerdriuMarriner

Good art handles diverse contexts. T-shirts media-test the appeal and versatility of fine art. The two overlap with T-shirt versions of “Jungle Eyes” by artist Carol Cavalaris.

T-shirts get their name from the “T”-shape of shoulders and sleeves.
• They have comfortable, practical looks.
• The convenience in care, the functionality in multi-use, and the reasonability in cost indeed indicate their origins as government-issue undergarments for military personnel.
• Their contribution to the serviceman’s uniform is dated to sometime during the 15-year period from the U.S. Navy’s involvement in the Spanish-American War (April 25, 1898 – August 12, 1898) to pre-World War I activities in 1913.
• Their civilian make-overs may be timed to the 15-year period from the end of World War II (September 1, 1939 – September 2, 1945) to protest-filled years benchmarking in 1960

In the twenty-first century, T-shirts serve as both advertising/artistic/educational vehicles and attractive casualwear.

High Country landscapes: Carol Cavalaris lives in a forest in Colorado's High Country.

Colorado High Country: Crooked Creek Road on the Sulphur Ranger District, Arapaho National Forest
Colorado High Country: Crooked Creek Road on the Sulphur Ranger District, Arapaho National Forest

 

Beauty, comfort, daring, elegance, and functionality blend harmoniously in T-shirts which showcase the fine art of Carol Cavalaris. Carol considers art and nature powerful generators and sources of emotional, physical, and spiritual health and power. She draws upon fine art backgrounds in oil painting and modern cyberspace possibilities through digital mediums to detail the lush colors and survivalist motions of wildlife. Carol emerges as an artist particularly adept at communicating deep truths through small parts. For example, she focuses upon extraordinary Big Cat eyes in her Spirit of the Wild series. The popularity of five sets of feline eyes peering out from bright green ferns is evidenced in their translation into fine T-shirt art as “Jungle Eyes.”

 

Adult sizes: Mountain Jungle Eyes Adult Size T-shirt: green t-shirt ~ Available via Amazon

jungle-themed t-shirts

Adult and Kid Sizes: The Mountain Jungle Eyes Adult/Kids T-shirt: green t-shirt ~ Available via Amazon

Made of 100% Pre-shrunk Heavy Duty Cotton
jungle-themed t-shirts

Tiger (Panthera tigris) walking

Wild Animal Sanctuary, near Keenesburg, Weld County, northeastern Colorado
Wild Animal Sanctuary, near Keenesburg, Weld County, northeastern Colorado

 

Tiger eyes beautify the T-shirt’s upper-right front. The carnivore in question (Panthera tigris, “white-yellow arrow”) counts among animals categorized in 1758 by Småland-born Swedish ecologist Carl Linnaeus (May 23, 1707 – January 10, 1778). The tree-climbing water-lover demands:

  • Big prey;
  • Dense vegetation;
  • Water.

Tigers therefore frequent:

  • Birch and coniferous woodlands;
  • Deciduous and evergreen forests;
  • Mangrove swamps;
  • Tall-grass jungles.

From dusk to dawn, they hunt:

  • Deer;
  • Elephants;
  • Fish;
  • Indian bison;
  • Monkeys;
  • Rhinoceroses;
  • Wild pigs.

After 103-day gestations, females produce 1 – 7 offspring that attain:

  • Head-and-body lengths of 74.80 – 122.05 inches (190 – 310 centimeters);
  • Independence at 1-1/2+ years;
  • Sexual maturity at 4 years;
  • Tail lengths of 27.56 – 39.37 inches (70 – 100 centimeters);
  • Weights of 143.3 – 674.62 pounds (65 – 306 kilograms).

 

black jaguar (Panthera onca) ~ melanistic jaguar

Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester, Cheshire, North West England
Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester, Cheshire, North West England

 

Black panther eyes decorate the mid-right and upper-left front. The name generally functions more to designate by color -- than to identify by taxonomy -- members of the Panthera genus and the Pantherinae subfamily. The genus has as members:

  • Jaguars (Panthera onca);
  • Leopards (P. pardus);
  • Lions (P. leo);
  • Snow leopards (P. uncia);
  • Tigers (P. tigris).

The subfamily additionally includes:

  • Clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa);
  • Sunda clouded leopards (N. diardi).

The name panther further is applied to such non-subfamily members as:

  • Cougars (Puma concolor), which also get called catamounts, mountain cats/lions, painters, pumas;
  • Florida panthers (P. concolor coryi).

Although predominance of dark-colored pigments most famously produces black jaguars and leopards, all of the above-mentioned big cats may exhibit melanism.

 

female black leopard (Panthera pardus) ~ melanistic leopard

Zoo d'Amnéville, Lorraine Region, northeastern France
Zoo d'Amnéville, Lorraine Region, northeastern France

 

Ocelot eyes dominate the lower-left front. The “lion-panther leopard” (Leopardus pardalis) figures among fauna classified in 1758 by Småland-born Swedish physician Carl Linnaeus (May 23, 1707 – January 10, 1778). The tree-dweller has the Anglicized version of the Nahuatl word ōcēlōtl (“jaguar”). Up to altitudes of 3,937.01+ feet (1,200+ meters), the water-lover inhabits:

  • Mangrove, primary, secondary, and thorn-scrub forests;
  • Marshes;
  • Savannas.

Ocelots nocturnally pursue:

  • Small amphibians, birds, crustaceans, mammals, and reptiles;
  • Spawning fish.

After 80+-day gestations, females produce 1 – 3 offspring that attain:

  • Head-and-body lengths of 25.59 – 38.19 inches (65 – 97 centimeters);
  • Independence at 1 year;
  • Sexual maturity at 2+ years;
  • Tail lengths of 10.63 – 15.75 inches (27 – 40 centimeters);
  • Weights of 18.74 – 35.27 pounds (8.5 – 16 kilograms).

 

ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Digital Library
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Digital Library

 

Jaguar eyes embellish the lower-right front. The “panther-jaguar” (Panthera onca) numbers among mammals identified in 1758 by Småland-born Swedish taxonomist Carl Linnaeus (May 23, 1707 – January 10, 1778). The tree-climber prioritizes:

  • Dense cover;
  • Large prey;
  • Water.

Up to elevations of 12,467.19 feet (3,800 meters), jaguars therefore reside in:

  • Deciduous/evergreen forests;
  • Grasslands;
  • Wetlands.

Indigenously named yaguareté (real/true beast), they nocturnally stalk:

  • Birds;
  • Caiman;
  • Deer;
  • Fish;
  • Frogs;
  • Monkeys;
  • Sloths;
  • Turtles;
  • Wild pigs.

After gestating 95 – 110 days, females produce 1 – 4 offspring that attain:

  • Head-and-body lengths of 44.09 – 72.84 inches (112 – 185 centimeters);
  • Independence at 1-1/2+ years;
  • Sexual maturity at 3 years;
  • Tail lengths of 17.72 – 29.53 inches (45 – 75 centimeters);
  • Weights of 125.66 – 249.12 pounds (57 – 113 kilograms).

 

jaguar (Panthera onca)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Digital Library
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Digital Library

 

Jaguars and leopards can be confused. Descriptions of the “panther-panther” (Panthera pardus) occur among wildlife taxonomized in 1758 by Småland-born Swedish zoologist Carl Linnaeus (May 23, 1707 – January 10, 1778). The tree-climber prioritizes:

  • Diverse prey;
  • Yearly rainfall of 1.97+ inches (50+ millimeters).

Up to elevations of 17,060.37 feet (5,200 meters), leopards therefore reside in:

  • Coastal scrublands;
  • Deserts;
  • Grasslands;
  • Rainforests;
  • Semi-deserts;
  • Swamps;
  • Woodlands.

They nocturnally target:

  • Antelopes;
  • Arthropods;
  • Birds;
  • Elands;
  • Hares.

After gestating 90 – 105 days, females welcome 1 – 6 offspring that attain:

  • Head-and-body lengths of 39.37 – 74.80 inches (100 – 190 centimeters);
  • Independence at 1-3/4 years;
  • Sexual maturity at 3 years;
  • Tail lengths of 27.56 – 37.40 inches (70 – 95 centimeters);
  • Weights of 66.14 – 154.32 pounds (30 – 70 kilograms).

 

leopard (Panthera pardus) mother and cub

Mala Mala Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Lowveld, Mpumalanga Province, eastern South Africa
Mala Mala Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Lowveld, Mpumalanga Province, eastern South Africa

Conclusion

 

Art cannot be found just decorating public buildings, filling museum shelves, or hanging from walls. T-shirts do not serve only as undergarments to be kept white and to be worn during work and under uniforms. T-shirts by any color function nowadays as versatile outerwear whose relevance far surpasses that of attractive, comfortable, intelligent, reasonable clothing. The transfer of “Jungle Eyes” by artist Carol Cavalaris onto T-shirts available through Allposters and Amazon realizes the apparel’s multiple possibilities regarding:

  • Accessible information;
  • Modern advertising;
  • Portable art.

Where else will viewers and wearers find such beautiful “cheat-sheets,” such environmentally-related publicity, and such people-friendly aesthetics as Africa’s and Asia’s leopard, Asia’s tiger, and America’s jaguar and ocelot together on one T-shirt front?

 

Carol Cavalaris

Uploaded to YouTube on June 4, 2008 by bashraum ~ URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAK4V0VFF3E

Acknowledgment

 

My special thanks to:

  • Talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the Internet;
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for superior on-campus and on-line resources.

Carol Cavalaris lives in a forest in Gilpin County, five miles from the historic mining town of Black Hawk:

Restored historic 19th century buildings in downtown Black Hawk
Downtown Black Hawk, Gilpin County, Colorado
Downtown Black Hawk, Gilpin County, Colorado

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Carol Cavalaris lives 5 miles from Black Hawk in Colorado's High Country, a landscape featuring 14ers ("fourteeners": mountains peaking at over 14,000 feet [4267.2]):

Leadville area, about 80 miles (128+ kilometers) southwest of Black Hawk
"Sunrise on the High Country": 14ers aplenty
"Sunrise on the High Country": 14ers aplenty
the end which is also the beginning
the end which is also the beginning

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Updated: 08/30/2014, DerdriuMarriner
 
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