When someone views one of my wildlife portraits and connects with their eyes, I invite the viewer to become more curious and take a closer look; to learn more about them.
Through each portrait, I aspire to show what is inherent in every animal on earth, what is beautiful and worth saving, and that these innocent beings are just as sentient as we are.
Before I start, I take a moment to connect with the animals and imagine being in their world; to listen to them so I can tell their story. I take time to perfect each mark I make with the utmost care - as a way of honouring and respecting them at the deepest level of my being. A process that is slow and deliberate that unfolds one stroke at a time in mixed media or scratchboard.
These beautiful, peaceful beings are calling me to express that they are not just mere commodities; to be exploited, used or forgotten. I aspire to portray not just an "animal" but a living, breathing being who shows intelligence and has feelings - who belongs to a family and plays a critical role in our ecology that balances the intricate web of life on which we all depend. Animals teach us resilience and how to live in perfect harmony - more importantly, they show us how to connect and live in the present moment. These are the values that inspire me the most.
I deeply respect all the scientists, environmentalists, researchers, rangers and volunteers who go above and beyond to make a difference and in many cases risk their lives to save wildlife and their habitats. I feel inspired to create and share my art because of them.