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African Contours

Grevy's Zebra

I am particularly fond of Grevy's zebras. Their large fluffy ears and mule like heads lends them to comical expressions. The graphic nature of the zebra's stripes intrigue me and Grevy's Zebras in particular have stripes are more numerous and are closer together which makes for interesting patterns and angles For me as a wildlife artist, the complexity and beauty of their markings is an irresistible invitation to paint them.

The original zebra painting was done in watercolor pencil on Arches 140# Hot Press watercolor paper.

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Blue Rhino

Rhino in Blue & Rust

Despite the title Blue Rhino this is actually a painting of a white rhino. The Blue refers to the colors used when creating the piece.

Rhinos have such and interesting shape and texture that I am often drawn to them for artistic fun. This particular rhino was an experiment with expressionism and color. I was trying to cathc the strength and personality of this massive beast with a minimum of strokes and colors.

The original rhino painting was done in oil pastel on handmade paper.

Please Note: The limited Edition Print of Blue Rhino shows the wonderful deckled edges. The smaller matted 11x14 open edition (poster) print does not. Also Note: The watermark that appears on this image is for online viewing only and does NOT appear on the actual artwork.

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Creature Comforts

Two Giraffes

These two giraffes were photographed at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. The female (who's head is on the right) was all over the male with nuzzling and affection. The male giraffe on the other hand was decidedly bored with her attentions and spent. Isn't that always the way?

Once again I was attracted to the compositional elements in this giraffe painting.I also really liked the intimacy and gentleness these two portrayed.

The original giraffe painting was done in watercolor pencil and water soluble ink on suede board.

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Intensity

African Lion Painting

Since I work only off my own photographs naturally one of my favortie places to hang out zoo. I create a lot of African Wildlife Art and so since I can take multiple trips to Africa my local zoos are the best option.

On this particular trip I was thrilled to see that the lion were up and active as most days they are dozing, especially the males. But today he was pacing and roaring and providing me with so much reference material that I'm sure several lion paintings will be done of this magnificent animal.

The big cats have such an intense focus and stare. A person can't help but to be mesmerized by those golden eyes. I'm just grateful they weren't focused on me. At any rate that's where the title for this lion painting came from. Intensity. His great intense focus.

The original lion painting was a watercolor pencil painting done on suede board.

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Romeo

Grevy's Zebra

Both "Romeo" and "African Contours" are paintings of Grevy's Zebras. I especially enjoy painting zebras because of my love for the equine family. Also I am particularly fascinated by the way the stripes follow the form of the animal and the contrasting values of light and dark.

It is generally believed that the purpose of a zebra's stripes is camouflage to confuse the predator. A herd of zebra moving in a frenzy is a sea of stripes. It is far more difficult of separate an individual for attack.

This original zebra painting was done in watercolor pencil on Arches 140# Hot Press watercolor paper.

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Skyscrapers

Giraffe Group

Giraffes are one of my favorite subjects to paint. I always enjoy coat patterns and color variations of different animals, but giraffes also offer the interesting physical characteristics of a seemingly delicate structure, long neck, and large contoured ears.

Giraffes are both elegant and a little goofy at the same time. My painting “Sunstruck” was my portrayal of the elegance while “Skyscrapers” is a look at the more humorous side of giraffes.

The original giraffe painting was done in watercolor pencil on Windsor Newton 140# Hot press Watercolor paper.

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Spotted

Panoramic Of Several Giraffes

This quirky giraffe painting was created after a long painting hiatus. I need something fun and whimsical to get me back to creating art and so I thought I'd create an updated version of the Skyscrapers Image. Done stylistically like the Birds Of A Feather - flamingo painting this giraffe painting is a panoramic of many giraffes facing different directions and placed at differing depths of field.

This giraffe print would make a perfect gift for any giraffe enthusiast and comes in a variety of sizes to accommodate any decor space or budget..

The original giraffe painting was created on museum grade suede board using watercolor pencils.

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Sunstruck

Giraffe

The model for "Sunstruck" was a bull giraffe named DJ, from the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa. He was always in motion, swiveling his ears and adjusting his mouth. His facial expressions conveyed such great character. What pulled me into doing this painting however, was all the angles and the way the light bounced off them. He seemed to almost glow.

Composition and cropping play a big part for me in deciding how I want to portray a particular animal.In this giraffe painting I liked the back-turned head and the soft pastel colored ears playing a major part in the focus.

The original giraffe painting was a watercolor pencil piece done on Arches 140# watercolor paper.

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The Matriarch

African Elephant

The original oil pastel painting of this elephant is quite large. I wanted to give the elephant a strong presence, so I focused in on a small portion of the whole animal. I feel greater impact was added by leaving much of the animal "outside" the Image.

Elephant skin varies greatly in texture so when doing this piece I treated the skin like a landscape. This was my first oil pastel painting. I very much enjoy working in this new medium and I foresee great possibilities.

The original elephant painting was done in oil pastel on museum board.

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The Old Bachelor

Giraffe

The male giraffe that is the subject of this painting was quite spectacular. He was considerably larger than any of the others in the enclosure. I was particularly drawn to the character of his face. I loved all the wrinkles and the graying of his balding head and I enjoyed working with the rhythms of the shapes and patterns in his coat. The negative space was also important to this work. I actually framed out my Image by how much negative space I wanted, not how much giraffe.

When I had created this giraffe painting it had been a very long time since I had a committed a giraffe to art. I had such fun doing it that I wondered why I'd not done one sooner. This old bachelor was such a great animal that I'm sure he will be the subject of many more paintings to come.

The original giraffe painting was done in watercolor pencil on hot press watercolor paper.

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Tree Topper

Giraffe Painting

This elegant looking giraffe is another from the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, IA. I used much softer coloring for the background in this painting compared to my other giraffe art. I also really liked getting some vertical in as I tend to work square shaped when painting giraffes.

The original giraffe painting was done using watercolor pencils on suede board.

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Watchful

Cheetah

A dramatic cheetah painting showcasing the elegance and beauty of this stunning African big cat. The cheetah has a cautious look back as it moves through the African savannah. I created this painting to be quite realistic but with an artistically rendered background so there is no doubt that it is a work of art.

This beautiful cheetah painting was created using mixed media of various water soluble materials including ink, water color pencils and water soluble wax pastel.

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White Rhino

White Rhino

Rhinos are such wonderful animals. As I was creating this painting I was struck how dinosaur like they actually look. Before I got too much done on his face had I put a few spikes on his forehead she could have easily passed for a tricerotops.

I created this rhino painting on suede board and used a few different kinds of water soluble media including watercolor pencils, water soluble ink and water soluble wax pastels.

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Wild Things

Vibrant Colored Zebra Herd

This zebra painting is another in an exploration of a style that I currently am enjoying. It features a horizontal platform in which I add animals based not only on creating shapes and flow but also on the negative space. I love going a little wild with color at times and so really pushed the envelope with all of these vibrant purples, blues and oranges.

The original "Wild Things" zebra painting was done in a water soluble mixed media including wc pencils, ink and wax pastel.

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