When I majored in Animal Science and received my BS and my MS degrees – I gravitated more toward the statistical analysis and research aspects of the degrees. I always was attracted to the large animals, but realized that having not grown up around them, that I could never have the same degree of understanding that comes only from experience. All mine was “book learnin”. So, I liked them – but I didn’t KNOW them in a sense.
After I retired, I watched a movie called Temple Grandin, click here to watch. She is an autistic who was able to look at cattle in a way that no one before her had – she realized that they needed to be treated with dignity and that some our handling procedures could be improved on. She found ways to keep cattle calm when they were being worked. Her work is revolutionary . That movie had such an impact on me that it had an influence on what and how I wanted to paint.
When I first started watercolor, I was taught to paint what I saw, but I knew that wasn’t how my heart wanted to paint. So, I took more classes, explored different techniques and as I moved along the learning curves were brutal – I struggled with every thing that I did. Slowly, my own technique began to evolve. I began to paint animals that developed a personality all their own. I painted then – with an artist interpretation – my own.
So, when you look at my paintings, I hope that you too will see the admiration that I feel for each animal and the dignity that they exhibit.