My career as a professional decorative artist for over 27 years has given me a broad foundation in the artwork I produce. I consider myself a Figurative Wildlife Artist with years of knowledge in the usage and application of acrylic paints, mediums and plasters. This training allows me to grasp the material differently than most artists today.
Over the years I began to broaden my knowledge of materials, pushing the envelope with mediums and textures. My compassion for animals was a key factor in my life at a very young age and has stuck with me to this day. I study various species, learning as much as I can about them and how the environmental changes affect their way of life. It wasn’t until I moved to California from New York that I was inspired to begin painting them as my subject. I was amazed by the amount of wildlife I would see on a daily basis while I was hiking the numerous trails throughout the Bay Area, this has become the inspiration that follows me where ever I go.
I was amazed how many different species there were and how they so easily adapted to the urban environment that surrounded them while still retaining a sense of freedom to fly and land wherever their hearts desired. I was also influenced early on by the dioramas I had painted during the renovation of the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. It allowed me to develop my work and my style in a more cohesive manner. My next goal in my art career was to find the best way to blend the two aspects of my art experience together into a unified collaboration that I could share with others.
I decided to change the surface that I would work on to a wood panel and that’s when everything came together. I had the capacity to trowel on multidimensional layers, manipulate the surface, scratch away material and apply powder pigments, foils, gilding and plasters with seamless applications.
I work on four or five panels at a time never knowing what my subject will be as I begin. I am only focused on the color, textures and backgrounds. The inspiration for my subject comes to me intuitively while out exploring nature. It is as if the Universe whispers to me what I will be creating next and I just listen.
The wildlife is painted with a specific presence that connects the viewer to the subject. Sometimes the animal may be looking directly outward at the viewer looking in; other times the viewer becomes the observer. Either way there is an imprinting taking place between the two. This is probably the most fulfilling moment; when the viewer makes an association with the subject and can sense what I wish to share through the being I have chosen to paint.
Many times I am reflecting on a particular experience and sharing that vicariously through the subject.
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