When you meet all the animals whose portraits you paint, sometimes they die. And you learn about it. Most of them have lived long and well-cared for lives, but not all. When I learn another has passed, it suddenly makes them seem more real than ever. The most recent to pass was Rudi Valentino. He […]

On their way to Africa

Two of my portraits have been chosen to be on display in the US Embassy in Brazzaville, Congo. Stephanie, an African elephant and Ajari, a western lowland gorilla will be “living” on their native continent for the next couple years. It was a cold day when they came to load them up from my storage […]