I have recently been inspired by natural palettes and love to explore how different animals are represented through shades, shapes and color. How to best portray them in my work can be a challenge as I rely on only the colors I receive through recycled foils. However it always works out and the end result is always a pleasant surprise! Below are a few examples of recent animal work:
Because of the obvious lack of color in the zebra himself, I used the background to bring color to the piece as well as a juxtaposition of striping.
The bright red of the bird was an easy choice due to the subject matter and the hearts continue the flow of color straight off the canvas, creating a sense of movement.
My most favorite piece to date. The background was absolutely a happy accident. The relation of complimentary colors really makes this octopus pop out of the canvas.
If you know me, you know I am a huge animal lover and quite against the idea of true trophy hunting, however the beauty of the creature cannot be ignored. I like the idea of capturing the essence of the animal without any harm inflicted. This piece was inspired by a paper rhino I have hanging on my wall.
I'm always drawn to sea life as offered in much of my work. Perhaps growing up close to water has influenced me. The relationship between the bright jellies and the murky water is why I love my medium and how it can be expressed.
Patriarch was the second piece created for my safari stripes mini collection. Much like that of my zebra piece, I used the background to bring all the color into the work. I was able to save enough grey and silver tones to create depth within the animal.