Why I Paint Wildlife
It should come as no surprise that one of my main interests is art. Anyone who knows me knows I love art, and you probably wouldn't be reading this blog if you didn't know this about me :). But not everyone knows I have another passion that is of equal significance to me, maybe even more.
I love birds. I have a deep love and respect for all nature. But birds man. They are my thing. My passion. My obsession even. Ask me one bird-related question and I will talk your ear off until you are forced to walk away.
I have always loved birds. An old friend of mine used to tease me about wanting to stop the car to look more closely at a hawk on a telephone pole, or turn around the car around to follow an interesting flock. My interest didn't increase from mild curiosity to love until I started working with children, however. Kids have an almost magical way of making the world look more interesting. Perhaps it's not that they make it seem more interesting, but that they help you realize how much it is! It wasn't until I had my own children that I started to look at trucks, planes, and rocks with much more fascination. You're right, son! It is amazing how those tractors can move the earth. It is neat to watch these ants carry food bigger than their bodies in a strangely orderly formation back to their hill.
The world truly is fascinating in so many ways that we take for granted. And for some reason, nothing is more fascinating to me than the natural world, especially other living creatures, each with their own purpose, each with their own way of effecting their environment in perfect symbiosis, if we give them the chance.
I honestly thought that I would get bored with this new-found hobby of bird watching. On the contrary, the more I learn, the more I want to know. And in no time at all, I found ways of combining my two loves - animals and art. I mean, it's only natural to want to paint what I find interesting and beautiful. Although I teach many different styles and subjects for classes and Paint Nights, on my own time I rarely paint something that isn't wildlife or landscapes. I simply want to recreate some of the beauty I see around me, and keep a piece of it for myself, or gift to someone else to appreciate.
I also believe that few things are as important to teach our children than to appreciate and respect other living things. Compassion is what makes us human. I truly believe compassion is key to saving us from the path of destruction we've put our planet and our species on. But that's a whole other story.
I promise I will write much more about art and much less about animals on this website and on my social media. But I did want to take the opportunity to share with you what drives me. If you would like more information about how you can help local wildlife conservation groups, shoot me a comment or message and I'll point you in the right direction!