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About 2017-11-30T14:03:43+00:00

“My relationship to the animal spirit is the driving force behind my work and my sole motivation.”

I’ve always felt a deep spiritual connection to animals. As a wildlife artist, painting is my way of deepening this very personal relationship. For me, nature has always been the gateway to spiritual and emotional peace and the animal world has been my vehicle. My relationship to the animal spirit is the driving force behind my work and my sole motivation.

In a world full of concrete jungles and trickery I can momentarily escape the madness into the wild and connect with nature. Animals for me have always been a safe haven—gentle spirits that are in tune to the spiritual frequency we all yearn for. When I look into the eyes of an animal, whether it’s a bird, squirrel, or elephant, I feel the universe, and know I am connected to something greater than I can comprehend.  So, I paint the connections I feel, and strengthen the relationship I have found.

The Process

My hope is to bring the observer up close to these amazing souls through an interpretive approach using primarily watercolors. Less often I’ll paint in oil paint with the same intentions but with a variation of stylistic approach.  All of my paintings are created, however, in a manner that allows me to focus in on the particular relationship between the animal spirit and myself.

My approach with watercolors is interpretive in nature.  Put differently, these paintings take into consideration my spiritual connection to the animal and references their spirit, not necessarily their true appearance. Created very loosely and spontaneously, they are brought to life fairly quickly with lots of movement and interpretation, keeping the paintings energetic and light.  I generally work in several layers of washes which allows for smooth gradations and deep shadows. Splatters are also signature in my work.  This technique is used for two important reasons. First, and most importantly, I find that the nature of splatters are symbolic of the soul and spirit I’m connecting with. That is to say that the animal spirit is not in complete form and tangible but rather elusive and abstract. Secondly, I find the innate expressiveness of the act itself, making splatters, emotionally liberating. In other words, it feels really good!

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“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”
“I care not much for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.”
“It should not be believed that all beings exist for the sake of the existence of man. On the contrary, all the other beings too have been intended for their own sakes and not for the sake of anything else.”