“To my mind, the leopard has to be one of the best looking animals on earth. It has such still, languorous beauty that exudes pure power. We were travelling on safari with our teacher, guide and host Jimmy, who is a senior member of the Uganda Conservation Foundation, when we got to spend quite a long time with this particular leopard. Incredibly, he spotted it from a very long way off and we simply had to take his word for it as we couldn’t see a thing! She was sleeping when we arrived but very luckily, she woke up and had a look about and a bit of a stretch, before settling back down to sleep. I wanted to reflect the fact that she was part of her landscape in this piece, not wanting the leopard to be immediately obvious, but one part of the whole.
I draw with Uni-ball biros on raw linen canvas. To prepare the surface, I lighten the canvas with a very diluted gesso wash. Once this is dry, I draw with the biro, as I would with pencil on paper. After the drawing is complete, it’s varnished (to fix the ink in place) and more white paint is used to add light and finalise the composition. The ink is actually surprisingly versatile, in terms of its colour. If I want a blue tinge to the work I can layer white oil paint over it, or leave the canvas showing through to leave a sepia tone.”
I make all my own frames for my original artworks, I use mouldings of the finest specification, to ensure they match the quality of the art.
At present, I can only ship to the UK via the website. I can ship to other destinations, but I’ll need you to get in touch, using the contact me form, for a quote if buying from outside the UK.
All the art I sell is packaged extremely carefully, to keep your painting safe for it’s journey, no matter how far. I have years of experience packaging original artworks for transport to all parts of the world, so you can have faith your unique piece of art will arrive safe and sound. This can take some time, especially with original paintings, however, I aim to ship all art within 2 working days.