Artist Bio or Statement / Bio de l’artiste ou la déclaration
I’ve always felt I was born with a pencil in my hand and for as long as I can remember my subject has been horses. The horse and the beauty of its form and spirit are the foundations of my portraits. I especially love the vaquero tradition of horsemanship. The gear of the vaquero horseman is a work of art in itself and I feel it adds great interest and texture to a drawing. I also draw western themed portraits, particularly Native Americans.
My works start with an outline drawing then evolve into compositions in which light against dark and fine details are the primary focus. The pencil is my tool of choice because it gives me great control and versatility. I work exclusively with Nero pencils. They contain a small bit of oil in the lead which makes blending very different from regular graphite pencils. Bristol plate is my favorite paper. I love its smoothness which enables me to capture tiny details in each piece.
To me, art is a synthesis of my personal feelings and emotions, a subject that inspires me and my materials and techniques. Realism is my primary goal. I want my subjects to look as though they will come to life and canter off the paper.
GRAPHITE WORKS / LES OEUVRES EN GRAPHITE