I have known the need to draw for as long as I can remember. It just comes naturally. Primarily self-taught, I put images on paper the way that feels right to me. I don’t like labels, but I have been told that I am as much an illustrator as a fine artist and that makes me truly happy. I’ve been greatly inspired by both.
I am inspired by many things but nature is at the top of the list. I want my work to show my love for the subjects that I choose to draw rather than how realistic I am able to draw them. From colorful stylized leaves to ink drawings of sea creatures I hope that the viewer will be able to see something new and inspiring in my renderings and the passion that I have for it.
I work mainly in pen & ink, colored pencil and watercolor. I enjoy sketching and drawing in graphite pencil and doing some acrylic painting as well. Pen and ink and color pencil are time consuming mediums to work in so usually it is a must to photograph subjects for reference. Fortunately two of my uncles’ love for photography made me want to pick up a camera at a young age and it is definitely a serious hobby of mine. I’ve also always adored black and white photos.
As a child I loved the illustrations in books. When clients ask why I enjoy working in black ink so much I tell them that there’s a magic in black and white! I feel that a subject can be seen in completely different detail, a more organic way, when you are looking not at it’s colors, but rather it’s shape and values. Some people think its a little odd that my favorite artist is Henri Matisse, the “master of color” but it’s true.
I must mention something that is very important to me. As I work on my drawings and paintings there is usually at least one cat on my desk and our dog is nearby. I know that my ability to draw is a gift and I have to give back to those who need help. Because of my love of animals I always insist that a percentage of the profits from all of my artwork goes to local animal charities, rescues, and no-kill shelters.
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