I draw in the same manner that I approach the world, with a level of compassion, curiosity, and trying to navigate through life’s visual overload. I strive to show the beauty that voluntarily appears in the wrinkles or folds of skin or fur, the depth of eyes, and hard/soft qualities of antlers. My drawings become a self-portrait in a way. I work off of old family photos, images of animals in my yard, as well as my always aging self. Choosing not to be confined strictly to the use of photos my eyes are always curious and my hand mapping from life.
Within our animal bodies there is a physical and visual dialogue of emotion, action, experience, learning, and thinking. This is what I am interested in, this beauty of all animals. The bighorn’s horns are the pinnacle of all this for me. They are hard and used for blunt force but contain a soft, flowing elegance to their shape. Drawing gives me the freedom of juxtaposing all this together.
With pencils, stumps, erasers, or whatever will make a mark – my hope is to make sense, ground myself, and represent my inner being.