A blog diary that follows my work as a representational still life and animal portraiture watercolorist.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Fire Tulips and Figs
I'm creating a few smaller paintings for the upcoming show at the Firehouse in Newburyport, MA (June 2012). Just getting back full time into my work with still life and thought I'd kick it off with a spicy color palette! With our move to New Hampshire, I feel my artistic focus is changing and offering a wonderful opportunity to forge a new direction with my work. I am still compelled towards still life and the details that come with working at close range, however taking my work outside and into the woods and waterways in our backyard seems a very natural path to wonder down. Knarled deadwood, forest floors covered in star moss, frozen standing water encircling birch trees - all provide an interesting backdrop to work from. I've already started my new series and feel inspiration, anticipation - long dormant - rising in me again! Stay tuned....
My work is primarily focused on still life in watercolor, but I also enjoy studying and painting animals that I encounter through rescue shelters or in wildlife rehabilitation preserves. This blog is dedicated to my works in animal portraiture - both candid and posed - to benefit the rescue and care of animals in need.
In my paintings, I seek to reveal the gentle soul reflected in the eyes and demeanor of the animal's pose. Rescue stories are hidden in the contours of a furry face and told through the perk of an ear or the happy loll of a tongue that contradicts the existence of an old scar. The sweet personality that comes through a moment of time captured painting an animal is honest and compelling, and what I aim to bring forward. However fleeting a life can be, painting embraces it.
I create paintings for fundraisers to benefit the Stratford Animal Rescue Society (S.T.A.R.S.) in Stratford, CT and have worked in the past with the Stratford Cat Project and Wildlife in Refuge in Wilton, CT. Since recently moving to New Hampshire, I look towards finding new rescue and animal refuge organizations that might benefit from my work as an artist.