A blog diary that follows my work as a representational still life and animal portraiture watercolorist.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Driving 2 minutes out of the Portsmouth town proper in any direction will take you past a horse farm. I like that about New Hampshire and missed it when we lived in CT. Granted, I usually see the horses as I'm driving and they're usually grazing, head down and neck one long line to the grassy landscape. This day as I drove down a country road past homes tucked in the woods, I passed a small farm with a hilly pasture and two draft horses grazing below the road and I just sat and watched them for a while. The farm owners are elderly and werer very generous about allowing me to roam their farm, taking photos of the animals. They have two black cows and a barn full of kittens who were spooked by my presence and spent most of the time peeking at me from under a tractor. The setting, the animals, the old couple - such a charming, simple slice of heaven.
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.