It is refreshing to be painting animals I have never painted before. I recently branched out my art to do a series of animals from Africa. This requires research as well as painting. It is amazing how large and powerful they are especially the Cape Buffalo. I am hoping to have a 3' x 4' oil of a Cape Buffalo finished in a few weeks and it will be the first in the series to be followed by a painting of a Kudu. ~Pat Riggs
"I paint what I love, it is that simple. My greatest love is animals, especially wild ones. I work in acrylics and oil paints in high detailed to share the beauty I see. As I approach a new painting I think of what I want to express in the subject. Then I start by putting down a raw umber wash working in the lights, darks, and dimensions. Careful time is spent studying any new species I paint. You have to know the animals anatomy, and how they behave. A Dove is quite different than say a Cape Buffalo so I would handle them differently. "