With this piece I was learning Sumi-E ink painting at the time, and wanted to incorporate some loose brush strokes. This painting was inspired by I dream I had while in Japan. My father had passed away a few years ago, and he was lovingly called "papa bear". I had a very vivid dream about him and it inspired this piece. I let the colours in the initial wash blead to try to create a dreamy atmosphere. 17"x24"
This was a small study for a larger painting. Again, it was inspired by a common plant I would see on my walks in Japan accompanied by a japanese sparrow that were seen near the residence. I explored the mix of detailed ink drawing with subtle watercolour.
Exploring multi-media on tinted water color paper. This piece was inspired by a plant I had found on a walk in Japan with the birds that surrounded the artist residency where I stayed. This was made with ink and watercolour. 15"x22"
This painting was inspired by my trip to Nepal. In a certain Chitwan park there is an elephant breeding program, where they spend most of the time chained up, separated from each other. It was devastating to see such beautiful, intelligent animals broken and doing repetitive motions, clearly mentally unwell.
A watercolour image inspired by a safari walk in Nepal. I was fascinated by the relationship between this bird and such a magnificent animal.
This piece was painted with the same mineral paints as Old Fox, but I had started to introduce sumi Ink in the back ground. It was my goal to begin learning and incorporating Sumi-E techniques into my watercolour paintings. Young fox looking forward at new possibilities, with clear eyes. He was also painted in Japan on tinted watercolour paper. 16"x24"
This fox is made with watercolour paints made from ground up minerals including amethyst for the purple. He is made as a symbolic memory of the past and looking back at it. His age showing in the glaze of the eye, less clear and a tad foggy. This piece was also painted during my time in Japan. 18"x24"
Inspired by the idea of the first snowfall. The change of seasons, and the time for rest.
There is nothing quite like the howl of a lone wolf. Tinted charcoal on charcoal paper 19"x25"
watercolour 18 X 24
Watercolour 18 X 24
Watercolour 18 X 24
This piece started with a bit of "automatic" painting and then forms were pulled out and developed to form an illustration. There is a story in Japan about kitsune, who can transform into beautiful women. Some say every 100 years they live they grow a tail, others say their spirits float next to them in glowing orbs. This was made with various watercolour techniques during my time in Japan. 11"x15"
Watercolour 18 x 24