New: Act Like an Animal


A tribute to lessons learned from animal behavior.


After almost 30 years since Sottil created the Naturalismo process, he decided to take its purpose of giving voice to the emotions of nature’s beauty to a deeply meaningful level, one that reflects the most relevant and life altering lessons he has learned from studying animals in their natural habitats throughout the world. These are the same virtues that humanity strives to pursue and live by.

“I have had the great privilege to travel to remote and exotic jungles like Lacandona, breathtaking rainforests like El Cielo, and heart stopping water expeditions like Bimini in search of the truth about what it is that attracts me so much to the natural wonders of the world.”

He has chosen three exemplary behavioral patterns to be celebrated by creating a series called “Act Like an Animal.”  They are examples of how much there is to learn and emulate from animal behavior such as perseverance, forgiveness and how to love without conditions.

“When it comes to perseverance, animal instincts make them so tenacious that their convictions remain unshakable. Their ability to forgive, regardless of how badly they have been treated, is so inspiring and it is also a lesson about trust, since one must learn how to win them back. The most admirable lesson I have learned is their ability to love without conditions, they just love and keep on loving.”

“Animals renew my enthusiasm for living, uplift my spirit and are a relentless reminder of how to behave more like them if we want this to be a more harmonious, kind and loving world.  It is because of these lessons learned that I no longer take life for granted, I wake up every morning and I am grateful for another chance at life.”



By using the geometric pattern of splitting the painting into four areas, Sottil creates a center point symbolizing the beginning of our lives … the point where humans, animals and all living entities intersect or coincide.  At that time, human beings have the potential to grow following the virtues necessary to create a harmonious and balanced environment in which to prosper and thrive.

As the composition expands from the center or middle point, Sottil demonstrates how animals keep their pattern intact, such as the case of the geometric zebras.  Their stripes don’t change, but the opposite geometric side of each painting reflects human behavior, one that changes into a variety of hues symbolizing how humans have the ability to paint themselves in any desired color, exercising our ability to influence the world for better or for worse.

Act Like an Animal I FramedAct Like an Animal II Framed