pastels, watercolor, mixed media
I have a strong connection with animals – I’m most attracted to the majesty and power of the horse. And even when in a relaxed state, cats exude an electricity that pulls me in like a tractor beam. The eyes are the most critical to perfect to show if it’s a lazy, chill moment, or a fight/flight one. Pet portraits are a challenge, especially to get the expression just right. I did a portrait for my best friend, Nancy. Her black cat, Snowball, was painted on black paper with just the highlights of his shiny coat faintly showing but his dancing eyes leap from the page.