I have known the need to draw for as long as I can remember. It just comes naturally. As a child I loved the illustrations in books as much as the words and always noticed every detail in them.
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 by many people that I am as much an illustrator as a fine artist. I greatly enjoy 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. I paint and draw anything 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 both the subject and the art.
I work mainly in pen & ink, colored pencil and watercolor. I enjoy sketching and drawing in graphite pencil and doing some abstract acrylic painting as well. Pen and ink and color pencil are time consuming mediums 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 so photography is now a serious hobby of mine. I’ve also always been drawn to black and white photos which lead to my love of pen and ink work.
When clients ask why I enjoy working in black ink so much I tell them that there’s a magic that I feel in black and white pictures! I think a subject can be seen in completely different detail, a more organic way, when you are looking not at the colors, but rather the shapes 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 also must mention something that is very important to me. As I work on my drawings and paintings there is usually at least one of our cats sitting on my desk and our dog is usually nearby. I feel that my ability to draw is a gift and I want to give back to those who need help. Because of my lifelong 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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