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 […]
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 […]
late November, 2020 After 10+ years on the East Coast, I have moved back to Colorado. To the bottom of the state this time. To Trinidad, (no, not the island), a town of about 8,000, ten miles north of the New Mexico border. Midway between Denver and Santa Fe. Why? First, it’s Colorado, which I […]
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This short video is an edited GoPro time-lapse shot as I painted INDAH DUSTED this last summer. I met Indah in 2015 and again in 2016 at the Houston Zoo. She was eleven then, breeding age. Since all her fellow orangutans in Houston were Bornean, Indah moved to Sacramento where she will hopefully find a […]
In the last couple days (and a few days yet to come), I have been posting what seems to be an avalanche of missives. Truth is, I have been making videos monthly for Patreon, hoping to make the model work for me in support of my work, and it hasn’t happened. I still believe in […]
Stephanie was 45 years old when I met her in Wichita in 2016. This video details the creation of her oil portrait from start to finish.
Chapter Four is “The Twentieth Century” For elephants in America, the 20th Century began by infantilizing them in circus acts: playing brass bands, boxing one another with boxing gloves on their trunks, dressing them up in inane costumes for silly little scenes. We truly had no understanding of their true nature. Tusko, one of the […]
“Elephants, a Partial History,” is a six-part series I researched, wrote, and filmed in the studio of our public access TV station. Then, with Miles and Jay, two interns from UMass we worked more than a year to create six chapter videos for my Patreon page. I have linked three here in this post. Chapter […]
This 11 minute video takes you visually through the creation of this oil portrait of Thai, the patriarch of the Houston Zoo’s Asian elephants.