I paint wildlife, horses and many other animals in a bold, colorful and expressionistic style. I try to capture the animal's essence through my ability to layer colors and transparencies in the acrylics that I paint with.
I paint with acrylics on a 1.5-inch deep gallery wrapped canvas, and present them this way, unframed, with the color background or animal painted around all sides. It makes for a very clean and contemporary appearance. I could paint animals in the normal shades of color, but why? Color expresses emotion, joy and happiness to the viewer, my collectors, and myself. I find inspiration in nature, and in the animals themselves. They are all unique beings, complete with their own personalities!
Contemporary art movements, such as fauvism, modernism and expressionism, influence me. As well as contemporary working artists, such as Barbara Meikle, Carole LaRoche, and an artist I took a workshop from 20 years after getting my art degree, Robert Burridge. He made me think differently about painting with acrylics, which ultimately led me to where I am now.
My intentions with my work are for people to experience laughter, joy and happiness from the animals I paint, and therefore to also come to a deeper appreciation of nature. I don't feel that I ever had a choice; this career chose me when I was 4 years old! I would like to continue to paint animals, grow as a painter, and continue to sell my work to collectors from all over the world. I hope to continue to derive a living from what I love. I would love to have more opportunities to show my work, and perhaps more licensing as well. I frankly don't ever envision retirement!
Metropolitan State College of Denver
Bachelor of Arts, 1987