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 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!

tiny rubber gecko
Tiny rubber gecko “living” in my aunt’s kitchen.