This series is named the “Wildfire Wildlife Series.” The colors in these paintings allude to the dramatic and highly contrasted colors that much of Montana and other states saw this past summer.
Wildfires have long been part of the environment in the west, and while they can be life renewing, what we saw this summer in particular and what may come in the
future was highly destructive of so much land and habitat.
Though we often focus on the human side of the fires, we cannot forget the wildlife side. These paintings are a reminder.
Artistically, this series was also a challenge because the reds and yellows of the flames limit the amount of dark values needed for definition. To resolve this, I used dark greens (alluding to the forests) as minimally as possible for necessary shadows, or not at all if the painting was strong enough without them.
I kept the backgrounds minimal in order to keep the focus on the animals, but unlike my other work, there are hints of the environmental context because this subject matter is so attached to location.