I have known the need to draw, to put ink on paper for as long as I can remember. Many things inspire me to attempt to capture them on paper but nature is at the top of the list. Whether it is a colorful stylized leaf painting, a pen and ink drawing of a creature from the sea or a colored pencil pet portrait, I hope that my work shows my love for the subjects that I choose. Equally as important I hope that the viewer will be able to see something new and inspiring in my renderings.
Primarily self-taught, I work mainly in pen & ink, watercolor and colored pencil. My love for black and white photography lead me to study pen and ink work. I feel there is a kind of magic in black and white pictures. The way a subject can be seen in completely different detail when you’re not looking at colors. It’s a more organic way of seeing something when the light and shadow, shapes and values are what bring the image to life. It’s amazing. I do love color however, and there are some things that just call out to be rendered more boldly. That’s when I choose to work with watercolor or colored pencils.
The artists who are my favorites are Henri Matisse who’s known as “the master of color”, Georgia O’Keeffe and Vincent van Gogh. Each are inspirations for very different reasons. Matisse has been a favorite for his use of color and Van Gogh because he painted the “way he saw it.” I’ve always loved Georgia O’Keeffe’s large close-up paintings of nature.
I also must mention that I believe that my instinct and ability to draw is truly a gift, a gift to be shared and I want to use it to give back. For the past three years I have participated in the Twitter Art Exhibit where the sale of donated artwork supports worthy causes. Because of my lifelong love of animals I also give a percentage of the profits from all of my artwork to local animal charities, rescues, and no-kill shelters.
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