I spend a lot of time observing the beauty and strangeness of the natural world, and I know that my paintings - mere snapshots in time - can never do justice to the intricacy I see around me. The pleasure I derive from spending the hours, days, and weeks it takes to study my portrait subjects - noting the delicate fuzz on the underside of a leaf, or the way color shifts along the length of a bird’s feather - is reward enough. The finished artwork often feels like mere artifact to me: proof of the time I have spent, and of the awe I feel, for each subject of each painting.
My hope is to have the viewers of my paintings share a bit of this joy and pleasure. By making modest animals large - by painting a toad or songbird three feet tall - perhaps I can startle people into appreciating the world we tend to pass by. By isolating the fox or the lily against a simple white background, perhaps I can allow us to see some of what we miss as we speed along. And by granting these creatures a bit of personality and humor, maybe I can convince a viewer to slow down and consider the beings with whom we share our space.
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