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!
Less often, I’ll paint in oils. In these paintings, I’ll stay relatively true to the animal’s appearance. This approach continues to be spiritual in nature but is meant to highlight the beauty of the animal as it is without the possibility of becoming overwhelmed or distracted by intense color or abstraction.