I’ve been drawing zoological specimens longer than almost any other subject. I love the challenge of taking a complex subject, placing it in front of me, and producing not only an accurate representation of the specimen, but also a drawing that has the grace and subtlety of a finished silverpoint drawing. More than illustration, I’m trying to make expressive art, internalizing the subject and making a drawing that respects the specimen as a (once) living thing. I’ve been working from specimens I own, as well as from mounts at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the CU Boulder Zoological Collection, with appreciation to both institutions. All these drawings, and everything I do for that matter, is drawn sight-size, which makes for some very small images, especially when drawing insects. Dimensions given are always “paper size”.
I frequently work in series, producing groups of related drawings. Series work allows me to work on many small drawings rather than one large artwork, a method I prefer.
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