Why do I paint? I’ve always admired the work of talented artists but never really considered myself exceptionally artistic. Since my youth I have dabbled with woodcarving and painting and the subjects have always been some type of wildlife. The love of nature and wildlife have led me into various pursuits such as taxidermy, falconry and now painting. In my youth I was surrounded by living things and because of understanding parents I kept a collection of “critters” in my room. I could spend hours watching the gliding, hopping, digging and flying creatures in my personal zoo. Now as an adult my living collection may not be as diverse, but with paint I can still be surrounded be the creatures and wildlife that I love.