My Artist Statement 

The artist Gustave Courbet once said, "the beautiful is in nature and it is encountered under most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found, it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it." I have always been enraptured by the natural world and strive to recreate what moves and excites me with my art.  I have always been captivated by animals and the many " diverse forms of reality" nature holds. As a kid, I was always drawing something, be it the maple tree in the backyard, our dog or someone in my family...I was ALWAYS drawing.   Animals are the subject that make up the major body of my work. The initial fascination animals held for me as a child still holds true for me today. It's the wonderful aspects their daily lives in their prospective habitats that I attempt to capture in my art work. It's the soulful essence of the individual and how that individual interacts with its surroundings are the stories I try to tell in my work. I paint primarily in oils which lends a certain sensuality and spark to my work. Breathing life into an idea or image and seeing it develop on canvas brings me so much joy. It is this joy that motivates me and spurs me on to create and learn more. This pursuit to learn more has led me to try my hand at more figurative work, portraiture,  sculpting and other mediums for expression  . Learning, growing and evolving are all words that best describe me as an artist and as a person. Being an artist is who I am, not just what I do. The sheer joy and abundance the natural world holds has ensured me many more subjects to create with my art and therefore, more joy for me to capture and share.