WHAT INSPIRES ME
The greatest gift animals can offer us is a grounding connection to the present and at the same time, a direct link to the sacred, or spirit. Indigenous cultures all over the world have long held the animal kingdom in the highest regard, creating mythologies to help
translate their powerful gifts. These messages, born from each animal’s unique strengths and abilities, can help us navigate our own inner landscapes, remind us of our own strengths, or speak to larger, external challenges that often feel insurmountable.
I work from a place in between the spiritual and physical realms—the space animals occupy. I believe we need connection to both in order to heal and nurture ourselves and each other, and to take action in the face of the global challenges we all face together.
Creative process constantly evolves and changes, but for the moment I use mostly Gamblin and Windsor & Newton Oils. My palette generally includes Titanium White, Ivory Black, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Oxide, Burnt Sienna, Terra Rosa, Burnt Umber, Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine, Cobalt Teal. For medium, I use a mix of Linseed or Poppy Oil and Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits, and I've been experimenting with other things like Windsor & Newton's Oil Primer which provides an amazing ground.
My current go-to brushes are Rosemary & Co. evergreens and eclipse filberts. I also love Windsor & Newton Monarch flats and brights.
My process begins with finding my photo reference, which I prefer to photograph myself. This takes me to animal sanctuaries, nature centers, sometimes zoos (ones that treat their animals really well), and into the outdoors. I pour through the hundreds of images I've captured that day, then narrow my choices down to just a few—the ones that really capture emotion and expression best.