In recent years, I have become more involved in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. I volunteer time to animal sanctuaries mostly around the state of Arizona where I spend half my year, but I am also fortunate to be connected with animal groups all over the North American continent who share their animals, photo reference, and stories so that we can reach more people.
As a result, I no longer differentiate between my vocation and avocation. The work I do for animals, although difficult, intimidating, and humble, is the most emotional and meaningful of my life. My paintings are an extension of this passion.
It is my goal to convey each animal’s story by painting them in a way that connects them to the viewer, as I have felt connected. I think painting a wild animal in their natural habitat has been done, and has been done masterfully. So my modern approach is to present the animal in an ambiguous, abstract, almost industrial setting. By isolating the subject, I intend to highlight the soul, the beauty, and the vulnerability of the animal.
Animal wellfair groups I am proud to support:
Wildlife Conservation Network | San Fran CA
Wild at Heart Raptor Rescue | Cave Creek AZ
Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program | Langley BC
Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center| Scottsdale AZ
Brambly Hedge Rabbit Rescue | Phoenix AZ
The Phoenix Zoo | Phoenix AZ
Wolfwood Refuge | Ignacio CO
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund | International