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Juana Martinez-Neal

Rendez Zoo

Illustrations for Rendez Zoo
Last Saturday, the Phoenix Zoo held it’s Second Annual Rendez Zoo. By supporting the event you help sustain the Zoo’s conservation efforts, contribute to the care of the animals, and assure the Zoo will continue offering educational programs.

Now, what’s more fitting than a Zoo, wild animals and a children’s illustrator work? Nothing. So when I was approached to donate some artwork for the Silent Auction, I immediately said yes.

The challenge was to paint animals that I haven’t painted before – except for the elephant. It’s interesting that 4 out of the 5 animals I picked have lots of gray. I’m starting to fall in love with gray again. So here they are in the order they were painted:

  • Rhino Wrinkles
  • Lemur Love
  • Tiger Teeth
  • Orangutan Outburst
  • Elephant Entourage

Which one is my favorite? The orangutan. Second Favorite? The elephant. Something about the emotion on those pieces is completely opposite and attracts me so very much. Both quiet but completely different. And I got to add a bit of cultural flavor on the elephant illustration. Overall feeling with this project, pleased.

You can learn more about Rendez Zoo and the Phoenix Zoo here.

Rhino Wrinkles for Rendez Zoo
Lemur Love for Rendez Zoo
Tiger Teeth for Rendez Zoo
Orangutan Outburst for Rendez Zoo
Elephant Entourage for Rendez Zoo

Children's book author and illustrator, mami of three, wife, sun aficionado, amateur singer and Margarita lover born in Lima, Peru and living in sunny AZ.


  • October 20, 2011

    Son todos una ricura… no sé cuál me gusta más!

  • October 20, 2011

    wow they are gorgeous! Is that acrylics? love the expressions on the lemurs, but I think my favourite is the wrinkly Rhino :)

  • October 20, 2011


    I love love your art works. They are amazing! I love their textures, and color combinations. You did a great job designing each one of them. Bravo to you!!!!!

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