Doing Portraits of pets is always slightly stressful but hugely satisfying. A good portrait brings to life the spirit of a beloved pet through a combination of realism, careful posture selection, and added artistic effect. Being a vet, I get to know animals as patients, companions and muses!
This drawing is of a gorgeous dog named Major. He is a mastiff cross, and is a guardian angel for his family. He’s a bulky but beautiful bruiser- a pleasure to draw!
The great barrier reef is an underwater jungle truly out of this world. Spending a Sunday snorkeling along its shallow reefs was breath taking; and inspired a new painting!
‘Stag horn coral at Fitzroy’
Endless numbers of coral butterfly surrounded us on the reef. Elegant, slim and colourful; these fish were like painted CDs navigating between rocks and coral. JUST STUNNING. We were also graced by the presence of a 1 meter long green sea turtle, he cruised along intermittently stealing mouthfuls of sea weed along the ocean floor. There are literally not enough adjectives for this post. Having art inspired by your life experiences is a huge blessing, and I think for this painting adds real authenticity to its beauty.
I had the pleasure of commissioning some art for a young man I could relate too, growing up, my wall was painted with rainforest creatures; which inspired me and reminded me everyday of my love for animals.
Onyx, a young Aussie man wanted a green tree frog and reef fish for his wall. And I couldn’t have wanted to help more. Australian wildlife is rich, beautiful and unstoppable, and WE MUST conserve it. Knowing that my art on the wall may help encourage future minds to get involved in conservation is the biggest honour.
I was lucky enough to visit a beautiful small village in northern Cairns called Kuranda.
The village is teaming with heritage markets, wild cassowaries, fresh fruit, and lush rainforests. Its honestly a miracle that I managed to pry myself away to continue my life.
I was acquainted with a beautiful artist and poultry enthusiast named Didi. She was kind enough to invite me to her farm to draw her beautiful collection of chucks. The whole experienced inspired these fun sketch/ paintings. These are A3 and can be used as cards; or hung to enjoy on a wall!