Some recent news to share: 2019 Richeson75 Animals, Birds & Wildlife competition chosen as Third Place "Great Expectations and Small Wonders" and "Summers End" was given Meritorious award. Juried into WAOW 50th anniversary exhibition at the Settlers West Gallery in Tucson. March 2020. 2019 Artistic Excellence Competition. "You were selected as one of the 100 Runners-Up with your piece:“Summers End.”Congratulations!"
Animals both, wild and domestic have always been fascinating to me. To express my intrigue I paint, draw and sculpt these creatures hoping to portray their strength, beauty and freedom. Part of my process is to observe, photograph, draw, and research the specific creature I am about to recreate. I become intimately involved. Sometimes I am able to identify each animal I paint by their given name, like Conga, the leopard—a resident of Lions, Tigers and Bears, a wildlife sanctuary in Alpine, CA. I like painting animals that fill the canvas. This allows myself and others to get up close and personal. I don't feel the necessity to paint every detail; rather, I concentrate on expressing the animals compelling presence, at times using only pallet knife, by working in strong contrasts of light and dark, using vivid colors.