What I say
Me with "Protecting", Best of Show,
North Valley Art League juried small painting show
“Paint animals for us which will stay in our minds for ever.”
August Macke to Franz Marc, 1910
I am a visual storyteller. I am a dreamer.
As an artist, I am inspired by spiritual need to express
the narrative beauty of the animal kingdom.
Since childhood, the imaginative world of animal possibilities has been my preferred reality and throughout my life, I have found comfort in my partnership with four-legged companions.
My imagination explores possible stories that originate from my heart.
My HEART is an important tool in my process of creating.
----When I meet your animal companion, I look with my heart to find his/her essence to express in the portrait I paint for your remembering.
----The first step when collaborating with a writer to illustrate a verbal message with an image, is to listen to and see with my heart.
----In my personal work, I play with collage intuitively, to find animal combinations that resonate with a heart message I want to share.
A finished painting has to be shared for me to feel the cycle
of creating an image come to completion.
I share my imaginative watercolor images a few ways:
a custom portrait of your companion animal,
an original painting,
archival prints of my images.
My wish is that my images will invite you to open your heart to a world of possible stories and the image you choose to invite into your home or office will continue to inspire and delight you.
Some technical highlights..............
All original paintings are painted on 300 pound Arches 100% cotton rag paper. I use professional quality watercolor paint. Archival giclee prints and notecards are available of my original paintings, as well as prints and notecards of your animal portrait.
Some biographical highlights..........
I grew up in Newark, NJ where I felt out of place as a city-child.
My formal training was completed at Rhode Island School of Design where I began an intimate visual exploration of my relationship to the natural world toward developing a personal mythology.
I traveled by car all over the USA following my inner navigator, meeting and conversing with many wonderful people, sharing my artwork.
I have shown my work in California, Colorado, Wyoming, Kentucky, Tennessee and New York, and won awards.
Home is rural New York where I immerse myself in her healing landscape, always with a four-legged companion.
I have provided links to websites of innovative artists that have inspired me to create, grow and love!
Life is full!
Buddy & Izabel
Wimpy & Rose