I have always loved animals, and I've also loved drawing them from a very early age! One of the very first things I ever drew was a bear coming out of a cave... As the years have passed, and my skill set has grown, my pet portraits have just naturally evolved into something magical. I strive to capture the essence and soul of each pet that I draw. Many of my portraits are memorials of beloved pets that have passed, or capture a moment in time, like that sweet and adorable puppy phase, or even incorporate some of their favorite things, places, seasons, and even their owners! I feel honored to capture them and bring them to life for their pet parents! I also have a very unique way of drawing. I use Prismacolor pencils, and I've honed some techniques that make my drawings look like well-burnished paintings, with vivid color and detail being trademarks of my style.
When Basil Gogos accepted my friend request on facebook, I must admit I did a whole lot of squeee-ing and fan-girling all over my computer screen! To me, he was a living legend, and it warmed my heart to know that he was still out there doing his thing and creating the art that so inspired me throughout my life! Years ago I bought a book of his collected works, and it's still one of my favorites. No one else captured my favorite monsters like he did with his use of color and light. His work has so heavily influenced and inspired me, and I idolize him. I only wish I had been able to meet him in the flesh... RIP, Mr. Gogos... your mad talent will be sorely missed down here on earth.
Just a random observation: In years when armed conflict seems to loom large, camo becomes hot in the fashion world... and I have to say, I kind of love it myself. Not the threat of armed conflict or nuclear armageddon, noooo... but I do enjoy dressing in a post-apocalyptic, Mad Max meets Blade Runner, meets Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator-chic style! Ha!!!
I've got a brand new website in the works, and it's launching tomorrow!!! It's just in its infancy, but with Halloween and the gift-giving season approaching, I wanted to go live with it sooner than later! There's even bigger and better things to come, and I feel like an old dog learning new tricks... but it's gonna be cool! ( I hope...)