In a world of concrete jungles I can momentarily escape the madness into the wild and connect with nature. Animals for me have always been a safe haven—gentle spirits that are in tune to the spiritual frequency I've always yearned for. When I look into the eyes of an animal, I feel the universe, and know I am connected to something greater than I can comprehend. My relationship to the animal spirit is the driving force behind my work and my sole motivation.
My watercolor paintings are loose and spontaneous, painted with large washes and splatter, exaggerated color, and smooth gradations. My approach with watercolors is interpretive in nature. Put differently, these paintings take into consideration my interpretation of the animals spirit, not necessarily their true appearance. In the end, these paintings capture the animal spirit in a unique blend of realism and impressionism.
My oil paintings are created with quick but precise brushwork, focusing on shape, value, and color. This realistic approach allows me to focus on the feeling of the animal and scene rather than getting lost in the details. Up close, the brushstrokes come alive to tell the story of the creation of the painting.
Both of these techniques are used to celebrate the diversity of life and the pure souls the animals possess. My hope is to allow the viewer to not only see the animal but feel the animal spirit. I love transitioning between these different approaches; it really makes me appreciate the animals in very different ways.
When I'm not painting, you may find me woodworking, golfing, flying in my flight sim, or spending time with my amazing wife and daughter.