Wildlife is my favorite subject, and I believe that animals are individuals with their own characters and emotions. I often use whimsy and humor to help make my subjects more approachable, as my goal is to uplift viewers and inspire them to not just admire the beauty of my subjects but to empathize with them.
My painting style shows Naive and Folk Art influences. Backgrounds tend to be impressionistic and the lighting indirect, in order to focus on deliberately stylized subjects. This helps provide a “dreamlike” aura and allows me to anthropomorphize an animal to better portray its spirit.
Oil painting is my primary medium, and I am proud to use a safe and environmentally friendly solvent-free process. Pigments are mixed with pure oils and beeswax, walnut and poppy oil are used for glazing, and natural soap for cleanup. I do not use traditional solvents such as turpentine, petroleum-based compounds, or toxic chemical additives in my work.