When I draw wildlife, the eyes are what I notice first. They mesmerize me. Once I draw their eyes, the rest of my work follows.
No matter which species I draw, it feels natural to portray sensitivity as a common denominator - something that animals do not hide and inspires us to reconnect.
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.
I believe these beautiful, peaceful beings are calling me to express that they are not just mere commodities; to be exploited, used or forgotten. Animals teach us resilience and how to live in perfect harmony - more importantly, they show us how to love unconditionally and live in the present moment. These are the things that inspire me the most.