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, creativity and power.
I work from a place in between the spiritual and physical realms—the space animals occupy. I believe we need meaningful connection to both spheres of being 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 Sennelier Oil Paints. My palette generally includes Titanium White, Ivory Black, Cad Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Terra Rosa or English Red, Vermillion, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, and Viridian Green. For medium, I use a mix of Linseed Oil and Gamsol, but I’m always learning about new mediums and experimenting.
My current go-to brushes are Rosemary & Co. evergreens and eclipse filberts.
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.