Serenity 4 x 2.75"
When I shot this reference photo of this sweet tiger I thought, "Wow. If this isn't the very picture of a zen moment!" He seemed so content. Naturally, I couldn't place him in the zoo setting but built a peaceful glen for him to rest in. I think this is what he was dreaming of...at least, it's calming for me! I have one more miniature to complete for this spring and then it's off to the shows!
Ugly Adolescence 4.75 x 2.5"
I know...it's not a pretty painting. But, I have to tell you, after surgery it was good to get a laugh and this perky adolescent Guinea Hen gave me the giggles every time I layed down the brush. She is a resident at the Brookfield Zoo and boy is she EVER noisy! I think she felt compelled to compete with the strutting peacocks. Either that or she felt it necessary to complain about those itchy pin feathers of hers. I don't know...I don't speak Guinea Fowl. Fiesty little thing!
I grew up in culturally diverse San Francisco Bay Area and indulged in all forms of creative venues varying from music and dance to rich visual treats at museums.
I earned a BFA in Graphic Design at CCA and relished in the fine arts and design courses offered there. I graduated just before the dawn of computer graphics applications and have always felt blessed to be one of the last students taught the disciplines of exacting, hands-on skills required of the pre-computerized field. We were trained to apply strict adherence to detail and almost Zen-like focus on precise execution. This disciplined arts oriented ideology has influenced my approach not only to what I do in the studio but to life in general.
Of course, I have learned computer graphics applications since. I would be deceiving myself if I didn’t embrace one of the most amazing and flexible tools available to the modern day artist/designer. I only hope my work reflects that of carefully thought out artistry and evokes sentiments of beauty and balance as good design is meant to do. Hopefully my passion for thought provoking art coupled with love of the outdoors brings you visual contentment and joy.