“My creativity seems to come from a place deep within me. I often feel like my eyes are only spectators of the whole experience, I watch in awe as my hand glides across the canvas and trust that I know what I’m doing. I am self-taught, but sometimes I wonder if something inside of me knew all along.”
I create because it makes me feel like I hold a string in the ever-weaving tapestry of life. I feel honored to have the opportunity to create my work so I may grasp the ability to touch others at a sentimental level. Nature plays a fundamental role in all of my art. I am constantly inspired by moments of striking beauty that I am fortunate enough to witness. I don’t think I’ll ever manage to create every one of them; I always must choose wisely.
Animals are so inspiring to me. I am fortunate to experience life beside my loving horse, Keynai. His guidance as well as difficulties have taught me essential valuable lessons. I strive to express the emotions of animals and tell their stories through my artwork. I feel so touched to share their stories with others so seemingly out of reach.
By the strokes of my brush, I wish to share my passion for nature and animals. My paintings show others the way they exist through my eyes. By crafting elegance and telling stories, I hope to bring fascination and wonder to every person I can possibly reach.
My Creative Process
My creations are revealed to me in one of two channels. Sometimes it is a moment in my life that I want to recreate, and other times my mind will flash an image that I know I must transform into reality. Often the later of the two is much more complex and will keep my head spinning in the planning stages of the piece. I will ransack my brain for every last detail and do a profound amount of research and sketches for the composition. I never truly know what I am about to create because it keeps transforming as I move along the creative process. I feel like I am extracting the imagery from deep within me. Sometimes it is an easily delightful process and other times it is so overwhelming I lock myself in a sort of “art coma” for days, cutting myself off from every possible distraction for periods of time.
My Special Materials
I’m very particular about the materials I use. I have eliminated all toxic art supplies and have fallen in love with my personal way of creating. I have sensitivity to solvents such as Turpeniod, so I wear a respirator when working in art school because of the other students. In my own studio, everything is natural and safe for me as well as the environment. I paint animals and nature because I’m so passionate about them, so naturally I make sure my materials are vegan and environmental impact is as small as possible. My proud to declare that my studio is nearly zero waste, and my materials are vegan friendly. I mix most of my own paint with earth pigments from Natural Earth Paints, Colors of Nature, and the Art Treehouse. I simply mix the pigments with quality walnut oil.
The ArtTreehouse makes especially wonderful paint that gives me a vivid color range without the drawbacks of synthetic fillers and nasty chemicals. I use their high quality pigments as well as handmade paints for my creations. Some of my recent favorites are Phthalo blue, Quinacridone Magenta, and Rubine red.
(Phthalo blue and Quinacridone Magenta are the key colors in my recent creation, “Dreamcatcher”)
I decided to be an alchemist and mix up a new mixture of natural ingredients to improve the luminosity and slow dry time. I mixed Walnut oil, linseed oil, spike lavender, Canada balsam, and clove oil to make my own painting medium! Each ingredient adds its own special touch. For instance, the Canada balsam the enhances the vibrancy of my colors while the clove oil extends my drying time. I absolutely love it and now I get the treat of painting with the aromatherapy of lovely lavender and Christmas trees! It’s a magical experience.
I am vegan so I use only animal-friendly brushes. I have collected a few different kinds but my absolute favorites are from Rosemary & Co. Their brushes are high quality and have worked beautifully in achieving the delicate details in my creations.