A blog diary that follows my work as a representational still life and animal portraiture watercolorist.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Jasper is one of those blessed little creatures who is a work of art in himself. There was not one photo of this boy that didn't show his 'best angle' while illuminating his adorable personality. I sought to capture his intelligent and sweet nature by focusing on the alert brown eyes and their steady, confident gaze, his relaxed expression and lolling, bubble gum tongue. Even in repose, he looks ready to sprint at a moment's notice. The ears are slightly cocked forward reflecting his curiosity, his back legs thrust behind him suggesting a dog who is completely relaxed and comfy in his little universe.
Jasper's mom was the winner of the portrait auction to benefit the Stratford Animal Rescue Society (S.T.A.R.S.) annual event held October 2013.
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.