Pencil is my medium of choice. It is a direct medium which satisfies my desire to express the deep contrasts and textures of my subjects. I aim to capture those moments which represent the essence of the African outdoor experience.
To be able to sculpt and feel a texture, whether it be fur, scales, rock or bark as it rises from a blank piece of paper is the essential joy of using pencil as a medium. I don’t always know how to go about creating a new texture but somewhere in the process there seems to be a “eureka” moment where it all makes sense. Once you find that, you can make your marks, build your layers, add a bit, take a bit off, add your highlights, burn in your low lights, flatten, lift… feel. It is a direct medium and it satisfies my desire to express the deep contrasts and textures of my subjects. But it is more than just mimicking textures. Africa has these incomparable moments which never fail to inspire and I aim to capture those moments and focus in on them, removing background interference, drawing the viewer in to the heart and soul of the subject. Each piece is a representation of my own personal experience.
So on any given day you will find me either in the game reserves or in my own back yard scanning for whatever nature decides to dish up, or I am at my drawing board … reliving those moments through the end of my pencil.
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