Northern Leopard Frogs were once widespread throughout much of Alberta, but since the 1970s their numbers have been declining rapidly. They are now a threatened species in the province of Alberta. I wasn't planning on ever painting a Leopard frog until I was on one of my southern Alberta trips in early September of 2010. I was looking for Bull snakes when I saw two Leopard frogs in a little pond just off of a road at the base of a culvert. I couldn't believe it when I seen them, I never thought I would ever see Leopard frogs in the wild in Alberta after hearing about how scarce they seem to be now. I was able to get some pictures of the frogs and since then knew I had to paint them. I wasn't sure how to paint them and as it turned out I only painted one of the two that I seen. I decided to paint its profile because I was amazed at all the subtle colours and tones there are in a frog's skin, it's quite spectacular actually. I also like painting animal portraits from time to time and have never done a profile of any animal, so I figured I was due for the challenge.