“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
– Pablo Picasso
I am a Wildlife Artist & Illustrator living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I grew up in Sedona, Arizona, and as a child I was always drawing. My father was an artist and I knew from spending countless hours watching him paint, that is what I wanted to be when I grew up. I have always had a deep love and respect for wildlife and because of that love, my passion has evolved into wildlife art and pet portraits. It is by far the most satisfying work I have done. My goal as an artist, is to create a connection between the viewer and the animal. I want the viewer to see the beauty and soul of these animals and understand that they deserve our respect and protection.
My main style is realism, and the mediums I work in are pastels, colored pencil, pen and ink, watercolors, charcoal, graphite, and digital paint. My process with each piece is to first think about the composition and the contrasts between light and dark, and to make sure the chosen subject speaks to me on an emotional level. There’s nothing more satisfying than adding those final highlights and details that make the animal come to life. While my focus is wildlife art and pet portraits, I also specialize in photorealistic people portraits. There is nothing more satisfying than creating a portrait of a loved one that can be cherished for generations to come.
I was featured in Graphic Design USA magazine which was a huge honor! Most recently, I received a special merit award for Art & Color 365's June 2023 Wildlife Art Competition and was featured in the June 2023 issue of their magazine!