As with my equine paintings, I’ve begun experimenting with a fresh approach to my painted wildlife work based on the use of mixed media (acrylic, oil, powdered pigments, charcoal) applied in a much more expressionistic fashion. These pieces are allowing me to explore my emotional response to my subjects more freely and fully, and I’m excited by this new journey. However, it’s not all smooth sailing: these pieces require much more engagement from me, an intense and wordless conversation as I work on them, compared to the more representational oils.
My more representational oils reflect my joy in color and my explorations that have led to the new mixed-media series.
The wildlife of the American west inspires me and invites me out of doors for fieldwork at every opportunity. I'm fortunate to live in a state that boasts Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, and the National Bison Range - and I will never tire of observing and photographing the other nations who share this beautiful landscape.