It is my desire that my images move beyond the realm of any specific medium, and instead become a unique style of art, with a focus on the most special qualities, personality, and feeling the subject portrays from within. My desire is to bring the casual observer to a point of personal focus with the subject, whether it be a wild animal, a beautiful bird, a serene scene, a fresh flower, and more. It is my goal with my art to make important what the normal eye may overlook, and to help the viewer establish a more personal relationship with the subject, while at the same time, loosen up and enjoy the freedom, the whimsy, the moods, and the energy my subjects offer. Not only do I focus on my subjects up close and personal, in many works of art, I also create a story featuring my favorite wild animals and birds, giving the viewer a true sense of time and place, showing how the wildlife lives, plays, and special moments and emotions of my subjects.
My art is a world away from my original reference images which emerge from my camera. I add luminous and rich painted backgrounds to bring the focus to them and to playfully expand on their best features, personality and mood. I play with color, light and tones so the most important features of my subject are illuminated. I use many layers for my art, to give my subjects amazing depth and interest.
Inside My Studio
In 2009, I brought my art online, and opened my website where I sell some of my original paintings and other products I create with my art. I also opened my online store at Fine Art America, where I still sell my finished art today. A few years later, I signed up with a licensing agent, and have thoroughly enjoyed watching my art be reproduced as prints and products by various companies and organizations. Licensing my art truly took my work "worldwide"!
In 2014, I opened The Daily Texture, my website where I offer textures and backgrounds for photographers around the world who desire to create art with their photos, as I do. My wildlife course here at Artful Memory is a continuation of what I've done with The Daily Texture, with more in depth lessons, instructions and many resources for the wildlife photographer who desires how to learn to create ART with his or her wildlife photos.
My Little Helper, Inspecting a New Canvas
In the field in Shiloh, Tennessee, looking for an eagle overhead!