Common House Gecko
A pen and watercolor drawing of a common house gecko. It may not be as flamboyant as the bright-green TV commercial spokeslizard, but this gecko is a hat tip to my family’s roots in Hawaii. Thanks to my aunt Shirley for requesting this drawing and for my cousin Iris explaining why a tiny rubber gecko—sent to me as a reference image—means so much to Shirley! In summary, the tiny gecko was originally used to play a practical joke on my aunt Emi (Iris’ mom/aunty Shirley’s sister-in-law); aunty Emi gifted the gecko to Shirley and it has continued startling visitors in Shirley’s kitchen for over thirty years!