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About the art...
When I got back into art after college, I knew I wanted to paint wildlife but I also knew I wanted to paint things I had personally seen and experienced. At first that meant spending time at zoos and sanctuaries but that quickly turned into exploring public lands. Each piece starts with an emotional connection and each artistic choice throughout the process is my way of expressing that initial connection. I spend a lot of time in the field photographing, observing and sometimes sketching. Carefully studying movement, taking note of body language, and essentially understanding a species' culture helps me bring layers and richness and soul to my paintings. Mixed into every piece are the memories, experiences and time spent with the subjects that inspire my art.
I describe color, texture, dimension, perspective, light and spirit through the mediums of soft pastels, charcoal and occasionally graphite for very detailed pieces. I love the primitive and raw quality of basically using ground earth and burnt wood. My subject matter continues to expand and I have been fortunate to travel to many of our National Parks and observe wildlife that is truly wild. While my first love is to explore wild places and create paintings based on my own experiences, I also enjoy working on commissioned paintings. For me, it's such a wonderful feeling when someone connects with a painting whether it's one of my finished artworks or their own vision I helped bring to life.
A little background...
I was born in the Hawkeye state but ended up in the Lonestar almost immediately. I've always been a sucker when it comes to animals and most of the many pets growing up were courtesy of yours truly. That hasn’t changed much. Now I live on a beautiful ranch with an assortment of good horses, loyal dogs and a capricious cat to keep everyone on their toes. I spend a fair amount of time doing research. I love to learn and try to approach everything with a holistic and curious mindset. In addition to art, horsemanship is a passion of mine and I can relate almost everything to it in some form or fashion much to the chagrin of my non-horsey friends and family. There are so many valuable life lessons to be learned from living and working with animals, horses especially. They continually inspire me to become a better version of myself.
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