Welcome to my site

Most humans are compulsive mark-makers so I’m no exception. It’s one of the great things about us. What drives us to do this is? Big question. I just look at it as a way of letting you see how I see. That’s why I include sketches and thoughts as well as more finished pieces. Often times the quicker, more urgent marks have a real sense of ‘gotcha’  (especially before living critters move; ‘how dare they, don’t they know what I’m trying to do here?’)  

There are lots of other challenges of drawing. Drawing outdoors before the light changes for instance. And goodness it changes so quickly when you look up, and then down at the paper, and up again. So you have to make quick decisions about what to include or what to leave out. Certainly not life changing desicions but it makes the cogs work.

And I have to say that before I had animal companions, I would just draw ‘things’. I love it but I didn’t draw ‘just for the hell of it.’ Is it because these critters are so good at communicationg without artifice and maybe we just want to shout out ‘wow I can’t believe you looked at me like that; I need to share this and tell the whole world how amazing you are?’ You know, their looks, talents, uniqueness, persistence, charm, more talents (they have lots of talents), tenacity (Terriers by another name) and overall loveliness, and empathy (even the Terriers).

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Maggie having a scratch

All dogs love to scratch their ears. Isn’t it amazing how nature has managed to enable them to do it with their back legs? Like all drawings of dogs in action from life, quick marks on paper are the only way to go. Not quite living on the edge but you do get a real sense of urgency as before you know it, they’ve finished what they are doing and will get up and walk away, without a backward glance at you. 

Spice the Patterdale 'Taking a Walk on the Wild Side'

Sometimes quick sketches or doodles turn into something that remind you of something (or someone) else quite by accident. Spice the Patterdale Terrier has ‘salt & pepper’ eyebrows but it was fun to quickly scribble them in as she turned and looked at me, rather than try and execute the longer method of scribbling in the face and rubbing away for the eyebrows before she turned away.

And all dogs love to bark

Normally we like to illustrate the beauty and, er, Majesty of our canine companions but I thought I’d try and capture Mazda the Yellow Lab barking. You can’t replicate a moving mouth with a still picture but she always holds her head up and looks determined. ‘See ’em off Maz, you big brave thing you.’