I’m interested in handcrafting two-dimensional images using surrealist compositions of studied realism. I create graphite drawings, painted over in designers gouache. I also use acrylics and watercolor paints as well. The subject matter of my work is focused on wildlife, and other facets of nature. I’m interested in handcrafting two-dimensional images using surrealist compositions of studied realism.
I’ve created four separate paintings capturing environments of our natural world. Each showcases a raw gemstone, blooming depictions of surrounding natural forces of its original environment. In this particular series, I showcase the natural wildlife native to the specific environments where you would find each gem. The ocean polished Nephrite Jade is from Big Sur California. The blue / green Tourmaline is from the 1972 Newry, Maine “big find”. Lastly a natural faceted Tanzanite comes from the Manyara Region of Tanzania. I paired the jade with a Great Horned Owl, native to Big Sur, and the Tanzanite paired with an African Black Panther, once native to the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. I use high density graphite pencils to map my visual information. I paint over the graphite drawing to express the natural color brought out in these stones in certain light. I have framed these in Sapele wood, sourced from Africa, and in the Mahogany family