I have always captured special wildlife moments in my heart. Those moments that are so fleeting that they only leave an impression on your soul: the glint in a grizzly's eye; the playfulness of a wolf pup; an elk's bugle in the fall; a mountain lion's reflection in a still pool; a fawn hidden in the woods; or a cougar cub playing in a meadow.
It is through my wildlife art that I share glimpses of those moments.
Ever since I can remember I always had a love of nature. I was raised in the mountains and valleys that surround Sun Valley, Idaho and I grew up enjoying the wildlife that was an everyday encounter. I moved to Eastern Oregon because of its wildlife similarity to the area of my youth.
I did not find art when I was young nor did I know that I would be a wildlife artist; I had to discover art. It wasn't until I was in high school that I had to make a decision that would eventually change my life.
When taking reference photos I sometimes get up close and personal with some really amazing animals.
I had a choice of two classes, home economics or art. I had participated in home economics before, it didn't go so well, so I figured that it would be best to try the art class. The first day I picked up a piece of charcoal and started to draw my life changed and art has been with me ever since.
I received an Associate of Science Degree from Boise State University. I made this choice because I enjoy studying the workings of the human body and I felt health care would be a good place to make a living while continuing to develop my artistic skills.
At first I painted what was around me, the land and sea, but then I found feather painting and it just seemed natural to put the wildlife I loved on them. By using a feather as my canvas it symbolizes the balance of how delicate nature is but also how strong it must be to survive.
The passion for creating realistic wildlife art has grown through the years and has led me to work closely with some of today's top wildlife artists, John Seerey-Lester, Terry Isaac, Daniel and Adam Smith, Lee Kromschroder and John Banovich.
When I am not creating on feathers I choose a more traditional canvas, so please, take a moment and let me share with you my special wildlife moments.