I was in the sixth or seventh grade when I discovered the writings of Edgar Rice Burroughs. I read every one of his books.
Before I was through the seventh grade.
I was insatiable.
I went on safari, swung through the jungle, traveled to the center of the Earth, and lived on Mars. In all of these exotic locations, animal life ran the rule. I was master of the lion and the saber tooth tiger. I rode elephants and monkeys did my bid.
And I’ve never been able to put away my infactuation with the mighty beast. As an artist, I created whole new worlds in which I journey with my winged and four footed friends.
This fascination with the animal kingdom drove me to create the Wildlife Techniques of Oil Painting Series.
I based my wildlife paintings on three critical elements.
First, I learned to take THE right photographs of my subjects.
Secondly, I learned how to study photos for details and compose a painting from multiple photos
Thirdly, I learned how to mix paints so I could get just the right colors to represent my wildlife, people, tall ships, landscapes, seascapes. Whatever I chose to paint.
Lastly, I mastered a simple 4-step process that allows me to paint any wildlife, pet or tame-life subject. It’s so simple anyone can do this.