About the Painting
The story of the axolotl is not unique to the natural world, but it is truly fascinating. The axolotl, Mexican salamander or Mexican walking fish, is a neotenic salamander that becomes an adult and reaches sexual maturity without undergoing any biological changes or metamorphosis. In effect, axolotls don’t suffer the hangups of puberty. This state is known as ‘neotany’ and is a trait that we’ve artificially bred into our domestic dogs and cats; think about those round heads, over sized eyes and features – remind you of a human baby? It’s no coincidence.
I talk about neotany and childhood in this blog post.
Medium: Oils on Canvas
Dimensions: 40 x 60cm