Not everyone likes animals. Not everyone delights in the first snowfall, or a blackbird singing in the rain. But, as you are visiting this website, you must be among the fortunate ones who do.
Convention dictates that I write about myself. I long ago gave up trying to understand the compulsion to paint. Creative people respond individually to their emotional imperatives, and I just accept that life for me is empty without it. I paint out of love of subject, particularly animals, and a desire to relate to the natural world. I have no intellectual aspirations or pretensions and I don't want to challenge or preach.
But I would be ecstatically happy to think that my painting might touch someone previously unmoved by the plight of the defenceless and vulnerable, and encourage them to approach the trials and tribulations of the natural world with compassion and empathy (and maybe even put away their gun).
I moved to New Zealand from England in my late twenties and began painting in my early thirties and, being self-taught, come into Constable's category of having been educated by a very ignorant person. But I have enjoyed learning and experimenting and have met fellow artists willing to guide and help me. The great wildlife painters have inspired and influenced me by showing me what can be achieved. I am particularly in awe of the artistry of Ray Ching, and greatly value his endorsement of my work.
I use the best quality materials. I sketch the subject first to get a feel for it and to decide whether it will work as a painting. I always begin with the eyes. When the animal looks out of the canvas it establishes an emotional bond that carries me through to the end. I never apply less than three full coats of paint, and finish with extra detailing and glazes. I can't improve on nature, but am obsessive about getting it right, and try to present it with honesty at its most interesting and engaging.
I have also sculpted in clay for work in ceramics, and in wax for bronze, silver and glass casting, and experimented with lead lighting. However, painting is my greatest love, and is for me is the most challenging of the art forms that I have attempted..
But ultimately it's all about you and your reaction.
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