Size: 10"W x 8"H x 0.015"D
Year Created: 2018
Javelina, odd-looking Texas cousins of deer, roam the mountains of the borderlands and delight tourists and locals with their snuffling. I frequently see them outside my studio. Nearly blind, they have acute hearing and bristle up like this one at any intrusion into their chosen turf. Colored pencil helped me capture the nuances of those bristles. (I placed the critter in the corner so he could hike into the drawing.)
I like to use color to suggest the iridescence of nature, such as the rough hairs on this unlikely creature. And every animal has a personality, so I don't stereotype the critters I draw. This one is seriously on a mission, and I thank him (her?) for taking time to pose for me that day.
Animals and colored pencils were my first loves as an artist, and while I chiefly paint landscapes now, I enjoyed revisiting my artistic roots in this intricately detailed drawing.
Clouds towering above vast horizons. Scraggly critters. Blossoms nestled in cactus spines. I'm a seventh generation Texan, and the desert southwest is in my blood. In Houston, Midland, Lubbock, I've always been an artist. For two decades, I co-piloted a corporate jet beside my captain husband. I'm passionate about painting silent sunrises, rioting sunsets and the seductively beautiful, treacherous clouds I once skirted with respect. Flying was good, but as a 2004 Xmas gift to ourselves, we hung up our wings, sold our Lubbock, TX home of 26 years and intending to travel the continent, moved into a big RV. A trip to the remote Texas mountains changed our plans. We're still full-time RVers and love the freedom, but we rooted onto a ranch into the high desert of Far West Texas. I have a rustic studio within walking distance of our mountainside RV site. Across from my studio is a high- end fine art gallery, where I'm the artist-in-residence. Our neighbors are wildlife. It's a good life!