Animals are amazing, beautiful, living things; so for me, in a wildlife painting, the most important thing is that the animal has to have life.
In my paintings, I want every animal to be seen as an individual, to allow the viewer to get a sense of its character and its soul; a portrait of that animal.
I’ve always had a love of getting up close to nature; I’m fascinated with the detail of things, and where possible, how they feel.
I strive to recreate the fur, feather or skin of an animal in paint. From inches away, I want you to get the sense of the wispy fur in a leopard’s ear, the velvety softness of a giraffe’s nose, or the thick skin of a rhino’s back, and the feeling that you could reach out and touch it.
Most people may never get the chance to get close to the animals I paint. Cameras have allowed us the opportunity to see the fine details of the fur, skin or feathers of beautiful and rare animals and birds. But photographs can only give us a two dimensional image. I believe the medium of oil can bring something else, not three dimensional as in life; but maybe somewhere between the two.
When one of my paintings hangs on someone’s wall; I want them to have the thought that the animal could step out of the painting at any moment, and let them experience just a little of the feeling of being that close to the beauty of nature.