Virginia Opossum

The Virginia opossum or common opossum is the only marsupial found in Canada and the United States. They are little scavengers and what is most interesting to me is that they can cleverly play dead by prompting unpleasant smells, foaming from the mouth and baring teeth.

This is known as ‘play possum’, and it is comforting as when I was looking out for a new beast to paint I came across a lot of dramatically dead possums — very convincing!

This painted opossum is on Yupo paper and was created using a variety of inks and watercolours and is available in my shop.