I live in Vermont, my favorite place in all the world. It’s a place full of pastures and green mountains, farms and forest. It’s full of back-country dirt roads, deer, coyote, fox, raccoons, fisher cats, woodchucks, chipmunks, and hawks.
The Pecking Order
“I know what you did last summer, Harriet.”
Harriet and Emma
Why do I paint chickens? The backyard chicken is perhaps one of the most under-appreciated creatures in this beautiful world of ours. They are sweet, curious, intelligent, and funny. Their colors, patterns, and feathers are truly beautiful, and they offer a wonderful combination of dignity and hilarious fun as well. They are utterly vulnerable, and yet a hen will fiercely protect her chicks and a rooster will lay down his life for the flock. I strive to make my artwork the best it can be to represent and honor them.
In the Studio
In recent years I have infused my artwork with humor, as I believe it gives people permission to focus on the positive joy in life. I continue to do this, but my work is evolving too… and while I have focused entirely on chickens in recent years, in 2018 I plan to add many other animals as well. Sometimes I draw, hand-paint in watercolor, and adapt my work in Photoshop, but more recently have been fortunate enough to be able to work on a beautiful new Cintiq drawing table, which allows me to paint directly on the screen. I absolutely adore it, and the flexibility and fun that it offers me.
Painting right on the screen feels just like it does on paper. I get to use hundreds of different “brushes” depending on what effect I want to create.
So much fun…