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'An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
My artwork is exclusively of animals and wildlife presented in monochrome. As an animal lover I find nothing more satisfying than trying to capture on canvas an animal’s personality - my aim is that something in their eyes reaches out to the viewer and a connection made, or an emotion felt.
Medium of choice is the simple pencil; I love the amount of detail I can achieve and the control I have over a portrait. If your idea of a typical artist is the scatterbrain unorganised type, that is definitely not me. Before I pick up the pencil to start a project, I have researched it thoroughly and have a range of reference photographs to work from. My work is not spontaneous, it is very carefully thought out. I don’t strive for complete photographic realism but rather aim to capture the spirit of the subject using shading and emphasis.
It is very satisfying to combine my love of animals with art. Another very important part of my life is using my art to build awareness and raise funds for animal welfare. Having lived in countries where animal welfare is severely lacking, I am very passionate about promoting responsibility to animals.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the ways its animals are treated” – Mahatma Gandhi