This month’s featured gallery is Animal & Wildlife Art, easily one of our most-populous galleries at EBSQ. Throughout April, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of our most popular animal artists:
I have been able to draw animals ever since I could pick up a pencil. Everything I do, including painting, is self taught. I have never had an art lesson in my life. I am not exactly sure how I came to it, but I know it was natural. Its something I have been doing for most of my life. As a kid, I grew up on my grandparents farm, where I was constantly around them. I would draw some the animals that lived on the farm. Others, I would make up on my own.
As I got older I got involved with 4H. Where I was allowed to exhibit and show my artwork. I earned quite a few ribbons, honorable mentions, and even a couple of best in shows just by exhibiting at the fair every year. Now that I am out of 4H, I show animal art at three local county fairs in the fall in their open class exhibits. It’s a lot of fun, and helps me keep things new and interesting since a lot of my work is done to compete in their classes. I have also earned a couple of best in shows, and a best in division just by showing in the animal sections.
Getting involved with EBSQ and Ebay groups like Art for Critters, and Animal Loving Artists has also helped me keep things fresh and new. The weekly and monthly challenges are a lot of fun. Some of the proceeds from the art sales do help benefit the animals.
They are my favorite subject to draw and paint. I find them to be very challenging, unique and beautiful creatures to capture on canvas.
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