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watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, gicleé prints & notecards
"When I see a flicker in the eyes of my painting or feel the breath from the animal’s nostrils...
...I know it has taken on a life of its own."
As an intuitive painter, my goal is to expose the animal's inner light, preferring feathers, hide and fur to skin, and yet there is a human quality to the creatures I paint—a look in the eyes, a turn of the head.
I like to capture the moment when the bear, the mountain lion or the raven turns to me and our eyes meet. The recognition, the realization, that we are different species, and the same.
Although my work is about texture, transparency, fluidity, and softness, it is also about a moment, a mood, an ephemeral feeling, and most of all, the animal's soul, its spirit, its divine being, and nature's pure and primitive power.
The animals I paint often visit me. As my studio is on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona, adjacent to Saguaro Park West, it's like living in the middle of the wilderness, and creatures sometimes peer in my windows.
Self-taught, I have been drawing and painting since I was six, using watercolors, acrylics and mixed media. I love the southwest and I am humbled by the spirit animals that fill me with wonder.
Please view my paintings by clicking on Animals Gallery or on the groups below of the animals I so cherish.