My wildlife art focuses on the overlooked; the less glamorous species, the unseen fauna of our backyards, the few seconds' glimpse of a creature in the wild. I try to paint the scene as if the viewer weren't there, just the animal going about its everyday activities. Often I like to imagine what happens before & after the moment that I'm painting.
I sketch from life as often as possible, but a childhood spent watching Jacques Cousteau and "Wild Kingdom" left me with the ability to envision animal behavior and movements. I concentrate on endangered species, because how can people care that an animal is disappearing if they don't even know what it looks like?
Most of my work is acrylic on canvas, though lately I've begun using colored pencils/pastel pencils(Derwent, Prismacolor, etc.) a lot. I also do pen & ink and mixed media, along with the occasional scratchboard. What most people comment on is the detail and colors in my work. Evidently, I use a lot of bright colors, even when I think I'm being subtle.
My artwork has been in group and solo shows around Northeast Ohio, as well as juried into shows in Louisiana, Georgia and Kentucky. A regular in the Cold-Blooded Creations Exhibit in Florida since 2002 and a semi-finalist in the Courage Card Competition in Minnesota. Pictures are in private collections not only around the U.S., but in Switzerland, Canada, Finland, Germany, Slovenia and the U.K..
Previously, my illustrations have appeared in national magazines such as 'Bird Talk', 'Wildlife Rehabilitation Today' and 'Bird Breeders', as well as regional newsletters: 'Erie Views', 'Dragon News' and 'Notes From NOAH'. Also designed rubber stamps for Creative Block (Ohio) and a logo for The Squirrel Store web site (Alabama) . And was profiled in 'Animal Fair' magazine, Fall 2004.
Most recently, in the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council Juried Show I won First and Second Place ribbons in 2015 and Second Place & Honorable Mention in 2016. In 2011, I received an Honorable Mention ribbon as well, the first time I had entered the show. It is on display every August in suburban Cleveland.
It's an ongoing process as I try to improve my technical ability and create moods in my pictures, capturing an animal in a moment of time and sharing my fascination with them.
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