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About The Artist
Studying and drawing domestic animals and wildlife has always been a
passion of mine. I began drawing horses at an early age and later
developed an interest in other animals as subjects - particularly
wildlife. Growing up in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, and later
living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and now Florida - I have been blessed to
have had exposure to some of the most beautiful and diverse areas of
the country. I am constantly reminded of the fragility of ecosystems and
their inhabitants and hope that through my art I can educate and
encourage others to join in conservation of our natural areas.
My favorite subjects vary, but include birds of prey, wolves, gorillas, songbirds, shore birds, coyotes, foxes, squirrels to name a few. In addition, I have been commissioned to do domestic cat and dog portraits, equine portraits, and landscapes. I enjoy working in pastels, graphite, charcoal, scratchboard, colored pencil, oils, acrylics, watercolor and mixed media.
I enjoy using a variety of media to portray the diversity of nature - from the velvet wings of a butterfly to the rough texture of a slash pine tree and everything in between. Depending on what my subject matter is I will choose the medium that will best capture the subject in the greatest detail and accuracy.
My husband David and I enjoy spending as much time as possible out in nature exploring, observing and photographing wildlife. I work from my own photographic references, but also spend time carefully observing nature subjects first hand - preferably in their native habitat. Part of my goal as a wildlife artist is to not only teach the viewer something about the animal, but where it lives as well in the hope of instilling a respect and desire to protect and preserve our dwindling natural resources.
"No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings" ~ William Henry Blake