I was told that the very first thing I ever drew was a detailed stick figure with a round belly, fingers, hair, and even ears. My mother thought my five-year-old sister drew it, but she admitted that it was me. I was 2 years old.
When I was 10, I took private art lessons where I learned how to paint and draw. At 12, I joined the school art club where I designed costumes, yearbook covers, painted murals, and created a multitude of other art.
When I went to college, I majored in fine art where I took classes in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, graphic design, and art history.
As an adult, I do graphic design for a living and pour my heart and soul into painting as a hobby. I love the work I do and the challenge of bringing life and depth to the animals I paint.
I have taken several private classes in classic oil painting and discovered glazing over under-paintings. I also create digital paintings on my iPad Pro. My favorite subject matter is animals. I think everything has a soul and I love to paint their eyes most of all because, as we all have heard, eyes are the window into the soul.
My canvas paintings start off with a neutral colored acrylic under-painting. By neutral I mean brown and white or black and white. Then I use oil glazes to color the animal and paint dry oil directly into the glazes to bring out the highlights, deepen the shadows, and add more color.
My digital paintings are created in Procreate and consist of layers of colors, outlines, and patterns which I blend together and add texture to where I feel it is needed.
I am inspired by nature and love drinking in the beauty around me. I have always gotten excited when there is an extravagant sunset painted in the sky for us or a wild animal nearby like a deer or a rabbit or even birds.
Combining my love of the beauty of nature and my love to create art is the sweet spot for me. I can get lost in very color, curve, and detail of the beautiful subject matter. They say if you forget the passage of time and get into a special zone while doing an activity, then that is your passion. This is where I go when creating my art. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy creating it.