This body of work grew unintentionally from the semi-wild creatures that live near my home. Watching multiple generations of barn swallows raising their families in my barn and deer wandering across the pasture daily led me to document their movements in my sketchbook. The moments of connection I felt communicating with creatures small and large began to inform a new direction in my studio work which culminated in these new pieces.
My process involves watercolor underpainting with dozens of layers of different hues in colored pencil to create the skin tones of the figures. Lines are built up with hundreds of short strokes to give depth and expression. Fur and feathers are painted in gouache to render texture while simplifying detail to retain a peaceful atmosphere. Then diagrams from an antique book of water turbines are transferred to the paper using paper lithography.