This is a portrait of my dear and very much loved friend 'Dusty' also known as 'The Dustman' who sadly passed away 8 weeks ago aged 15 yrs. It is times like these that I am so grateful for having the ability to paint, to portray his essence, his life, his soul...my friend you are so sadly missed.
I am a self taught Pastel artist who lives on a beautiful farm that I share with horses,cows, a kelpie called 'Dusty', plus an abundance of birdlife, wallabies, millions of rabbits, and the odd wild deer. My Nirvana.
I received the gift of working with pastels back in 1993 when I was diagnosed with cancer. Whilst undergoing Chemotherapy my mother convinced me to take up art as a form of distraction from the treatment. In doing so I opened the door into the wonderful world of pastels.
During my first years of pastels I found a huge connection with marine life - Dolphins, Whales, Beluga Whales and Seals,then later I focused on horses,pets, wildlife, land and seascapes.
As most artists that paint animals will tell you....'the eyes are the window to the soul'. The painting tells me when it is near completion, it is almost like the hair/skin that I am painting becomes real, that I can feel it under my touch, it becomes alive!
Commissioned Pet Portraits are my speciality, I love to capture their personality/character and immortalise them in a pastel portrait framed under glass.
Isn't it the best feeling when the magic happens?
Hope you enjoy my art.