My painting style is based on what I call natural abstraction, where I develop realistic subjects using abstract design principles that I find in Nature.
In my field work, I photograph, sketch with a 9B woodless graphite, and use my ipad to capture ideas for paintings. I study postures, facial expressions and reflections. In the studio, I use a gray study to evaluate potential subjects. Using Payne’s Grey watercolor allows me to quickly establish a full range of values so that I can evaluate the visual impact of an idea.
Nature and my relationship with Her is my primary inspiration in painting. Over the years my paintings have been used to support organizations in Ohio like Holden Arboretum, the Nature Center, the Cleveland MetroParks Zoo and the Wilds. I worked with George Archibald and the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin. I've been a featured artist at the Smithsonian Conservation Center where my painting of the clouded leopard was used as a fundraising tool. Through my yoga practice I gained a love of India and AFC awarded me their 2nd Flag expedition. I traveled to the Gangotri Glacier, painting along the way, to document the extraordinary impact of the Ganges River. Over the years I've worked with Harsh Vardhan in India, providing artwork for projects in Jaipur and Udaipur for conservation efforts to protect the lakes and birds of the area.
- 2015 Society of Animal Artists Awards of Excellence, “On the Way to the Camel Fair” 2014
- 2014 Bott-Borghi Branson Legacy Award, SAA Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2013 Susan K. Black Foundation Rose Award for Distinguished Service
- 2009 Artists for Conservation (AFC) Exhibition, Blauvelt Museum, featuring Rankin’s Flag Journal
- 2007 Flag Expedition to Gangotri Glacier, India - grant awarded by Artists for Conservation Foundation (their 2nd Flag Expedition)