The balance of the natural world has always been an inspiration in my work. Animals represent instincts and abilities that have evolved over many millennia through competition for resources and survival. They also reflect our own instincts, the good and the bad, in a more direct way. When I paint wildlife, I contemplate my own motivations and behaviors, imagining how my existence might be different if I was living the life of the subject that I'm painting. Would my thoughts and actions be more honest, beautiful, and pure? Or would my existence be more exposed, lawless, and stressful? It seems that while nature does permit moments of kindness and warmth, it includes at least as many moments of brutality and harshness. I feel the range of this participation exhibits itself in the intensity of the eyes of each animal, which is where I begin painting. Reminiscent of the 20th c. Canadian artist Robert Bateman as well as the 19th c. American artist Alexander Pope, my style brings animals to life through their gazes and captures the vitality of the moment with detail, light, and shadow.
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