I’ve always been curious about the natural world, even from a very young age. I tend to draw and paint what I see, either directly from the surrounding landscape or from photographs taken of a specific area or animal. My animal portraits are influenced by my academic study of their anatomy and physiology, as well as my delight in their unique personalities and behavior. I’m try to figure out how my subjects work, both internally as living, breathing creatures and outwardly as part of an interesting painting. In my landscapes I try to capture the feeling I get from being outside.