I have been working digitally for years. My background is in website, logo and print design. I am well versed in all of the Adobe software, although it’s not my main tool for the painted portraits. This type of work has been a good fit in my life, as I travel and am able to continue working wherever I am. My digital “stuff” packs and travels well.
A couple of years ago, I began to experiment with mixed media art, as an alternative creative outlet. I wanted a “shift” but it still needed to fit into my mobile lifestyle that I have carved for myself, so the combination of digital and traditional painting seemed to fit the bill. My digital experience has helped tremendously with my transition into digital art/portraits.
Since then I have developed a strong passion for the creativity and flexibility available through today’s digital software. It gives me immense joy to recreate the expressions captured by people and their pets from their photos. I can produce both realistic and expressionistic versions, as well as something in between.
From photos, I combine digital (colored inks) and traditional (acrylics) painting processes to capture the likeness in any portrait. I do not “just use filters” to create an effect. This can be seen in the individual brush strokes and textures applied to all of my portraits. On average, I can produce two of the gallery wrapped portraits per week, and/or three-four of the canvas, unmounted versions.
In addition to pet portraits, I am gently expanding into both people, children, seniors, and “special events” portraits, ie weddings, memorials, etc. and as I get “models” to work with I will make these available online. In between portraits, I enjoy doing painted studies of other animals, food, flowers, locations or anything that moves me. Since most of these are from my own photos, I have total expressionistic freedom to see what I come up with. These will be available to order, in various sizes, on canvas, and hand finished with acrylic paint for a one of a kind digital original. Hand finishing with acrylic paints adds depth and texture to all of the images.
I am blessed as my life is filled with horses, dogs, family and friends. I am never tired of observing the interaction of animals and their individual lives. Their expressions are untainted. As I am handy with a camera, sometimes I capture these moments myself. I hope to fill these pages up with my interpretation of some of those “captured” experiences.